Brutal attack that left two people dead caught on Zoom meeting

Olivia Lambert
·News Editor
·2-min read

A brutal attack that left two people dead unfolded in front of a colleague during a Zoom work meeting.

Police were called to a home in Altadena in the US state of California on Monday just before 3pm (local time) after a person on the Zoom call witnessed an alleged murder there.

Authorities said in a statement they found a man dead on the driveway when they arrived. They said he had been stabbed several times.

Inside the house officers discovered a woman who had also been fatally injured.

"During the investigation, detectives learned that the female victim was conducting a Zoom call with a colleague when the attack on the male occurred," police said in a statement.

"The Zoom caller witnessed the attack on both the male and female and called 911 to report the crime."

Police arrested Robert Cotton after he returned one of the victim's cars. Source: KTLA
Police arrested Robert Cotton after he returned one of the victim's cars. Source: KTLA

Lieutenant Barry Hall told reporters the witness on Zoom claimed the woman was alerted to an incident after the man was dragged out of the house.

In a twist of events, police also discovered one of the victim's cars was missing from the property and a man caught returning it claimed he was a resident of the home.

Alleged suspect 'related to the victims'

Police arrested the man, identified as Robert Cotton, and charged him with two counts of murder.

Neighbours told local news station KTLA the alleged suspect is related to the two victims.

It is not believed the victims were a couple.

Police have not yet released additional details about the incident.

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