Police in Philadelphia have arrested a 21-year-old woman who is accused of stabbing her 80-year-old grandfather 41 times and leaving his lifeless body lying naked in a pool of blood in their home.
Patricia Diocson turned herself in to the Philadelphia Police Department’s Homicide Unit on Monday and was charged with murder in the grisly killing of Robert Girard last week.
On November 15, Diocson called police saying she arrived at the house she and her grandfather shared in the 2500 block of East Lehigh Avenue at 9pm and found the octogenarian lying dead in the kitchen.
Savage attack: Patricia Diocson, 21 (pictured left in mugshot) on Monday turned herself in for the stabbing death of her 80-year-old grandfather, Robert Girard (pictured together, right)
Diocson told police last week she found Girard lying naked in a pool of blood inside their home on East Lehigh Avenue in Philadelphia (pictured)
There was a trail of blood leading to the man's second-floor bedroom and there were no signs of forced entry or any evidence of robbery.
During the investigation, detectives reviewed surveillance footage from cameras overlooking Diocson's home and discovered that Patricia was the last person to enter the residence before police were summoned to the scene of the crime.
In addition to murder, Diocson was also charged with possessing an instrument of crime.
The 21-year-old woman lived with her grandfather and worked at a nearby grocery story.
When interviewed by detectives, Dioscon reportedly claimed Girard was abusive towards her, but there was no word on the exact nature of the alleged abuse.
Diocson (left and right) has been charged with murder and possession an instrument of crime
Motive: Diocson, pictured center with her late grandmother Diane and her husband, Girard, reportedly told police the octogenarian was abusive