Police have released a distressing 911 call in which a frantic mother can be heard telling an emergency dispatcher that her husband had just stabbed their nine-year-old twins before taking his own life.
The Placentia Police Department has identified the father at the center of the double murder-suicide case as 41-year-old Timothy Takehara.
The violence was reported shortly before 12.40am on October 7 in a typically quiet neighborhood in Placentia, 25 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles.
Police in California have identified Timothy Takehara, 41 (left and right), as the father who stabbed to death his nine-year-old twin daughters and then himself
‘My husband just stabbed my children,’ the audibly distraught mother of the girls said on the recording to the 911 call.
‘With what, ma’am?’ the dispatcher asks.
‘I don’t know – a sharp object,’ the caller replies.
‘How many of them?’ the dispatcher inquires, referring to the victims.
‘Two. There’s two. I have twin girls,’ the increasingly agitated woman says in response.
Officers responded to the family’s home in the 400 block of Swanson Avenue within minutes of getting the distress call and found Takehara lying bleeding profusely on the grass in a front yard.
His two nine-year-old daughters were discovered bleeding in the living room of a house across the street, police said. All three were pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
A killer dad murdered his two young daughters before stabbing himself to death in a California murder-suicide while the children’s mom and grandmother slept inside the house, according to police. Pictured officers on the scene Wednesday
Takehara’s wife and his mother were inside the home at the time and were not harmed, police said.
KTTV-LA reported that the women woke up to the sound of screams and raced downstairs in a bid to intervene, but it was too late.
There was no immediate word on a motive for the killings.
‘This is one of those calls that none of us will ever forget,’ said police Sgt. Bryce Angel told the station.
The twin sisters were third-graders at Golden Elementary School, the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District said in a statement. Counseling is being provided on campus.
‘Our thoughts are with the students’ family, friends, and loved ones as they cope with this tremendous personal loss,’ the district said.
A man, said to be in his 30s, was found with fatal stab wounds on the grass of a front yard in Placentia, northern Orange County, in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Officers then found the two young girls, said to be aged around 9, stabbed to death inside a nearby home
Placentia Police Sgt. Bryce Angel described the deaths as ‘extremely tragic’
The identities of the victims and the suspected killer have not been released by authorities. Pictured the crime scene in the early hours when the bodies were found
Officers had been called out to reports of domestic incidents at the home before, most recently in September 2019.
In that instance, police said the call for service stemmed from a ‘verbal argument between adult residents,’ and it was resolved without any injuries or arrests, reported Eyewitness News.
‘Something was going on, something negative was going on with the family, and it’s sad that nobody picked it up and read what was going on and tried to help them,’ neighbor Billy Vayda said.
Neighbors said the family kept to themselves and the twins did not interact with other children in the community. They were seen sometimes riding a scooter or walking the family dog.
Placentia Police are asking anyone with information to contact the department at 714-993-8164 or Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS.
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