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Police arrest man suspected of fatally stabbing mother

A 41-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of fatally stabbing his mother early Monday in Walnut Creek, police said.

The 41-year-old suspect is accused of killing his mother Darlene Roth, 74, who officers found after responding shortly after 5 a.m. Monday to a report of a woman stabbed in the 2600 block of Jones Road, according to police.

She was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead there, and her son was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder.

Walnut Creek police have not provided a possible motive in the killing, calling it “an isolated incident between family members.”

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Detective Gerstner at

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