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San Luis Obispo police arrest man on suspicion of elder abuse

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Posted at 4:44 PM, Oct 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-11 19:44:56-04

Officers with the San Luis Obispo Police Department arrested a man Saturday on suspicion of abusing his 86-year-old grandmother.

According to a news release from the police department, detectives and police officers responded to a local hospital at approximately 8:49 p.m. after receiving a report of a possible elder abuse case.

The victim's grandson, 33-year-old David Mazza Jr., told hospital staff that he was her primary caregiver and demanded the victim be released from the hospital.

Police say hospital staff determined the victim was unable to care for herself based on her injuries and mental state.

According to investigators, Mazza Jr. was the victim's caregiver for nearly a decade and was reported to the San Luis Obispo County Adult Protective Services on multiple occasions.

Officers say they determined Mazza Jr. was not properly caring for the victim and arrested him on suspicion of elder abuse.

Police booked Mazza Jr. into the San Luis Obispo County Jail with bail set at $50,000.

Investigators are continuing to work with San Luis Obispo County Adult Protective Services to ensure the victim is receiving proper care.

The police department says it will not release additional information at this time due to the "sensitivity of the investigation."