Tonantzyn Oris Beltran, a 28-year-old California escort, was arrested on Thursday for the murder of her mother, which she allegedly streamed on Facebook Live, according to police reports.
Hours before the murder on Monday, Beltran and her mother went to a Santa Rosa police station to retrieve Beltran’s car, which had been impounded following an earlier chase.
Despite an officer’s observation of her mental instability, she was allowed to leave. The Press Democrat reported that she filmed herself waving an opened pocket knife.
Later that day, police received calls about Beltran’s 55-year-old mother, Olivia Lucia Beltran Pacheco, being attacked and stabbed to death at home. “Initial calls of the incident came from both witnesses at the scene and those who viewed the Facebook Live video,” police stated.
Upon arrival, officers found Beltran “on a balcony holding a knife in her hand, standing next to a stabbed female victim, and her clothes soaked in blood.” After failing to respond to commands, police entered the home and apprehended Beltran.
Her mother, suffering from “numerous stab wounds,” was rushed to a local hospital. Despite surgical efforts, she succumbed to her injuries about 90 minutes later. Pacheco was a well-known community activist who helped migrants.
“In the last moment of her life — only God knows what happened in that moment, but she passed away loving her daughters,” Dario D’Arrigo, host of the Spanish-language TV show “Encuentro Latino” and a friend of Pacheco, told Mercury News.
Police confirmed the incident’s broadcast on Facebook Live and worked to have the video removed. “Detectives worked with Meta/Facebook and had the video taken down,” they said.
Beltran, now facing a murder charge, is held without bail at Marin County jail, listed as an “escort” in inmate records.
The motive is still under investigation, but earlier events at the police station indicated concerns about Beltran’s mental health. An officer noted she might have “some mental health issues” or was under the influence of “alcohol and narcotics,” as seen in a video recorded by Beltran.
Another video showed Pacheco pleading with Beltran to calm down. “You got to stop hurting yourself and putting yourself in harm’s way,” she reportedly said.
The Santa Rosa Police Department is reviewing the decision to release Beltran, despite the officer’s concerns. Sgt. Patricia Seffens of the Mercury News reported that an initial review found “the sergeant’s actions were not deemed to be improper, nor did they violate department policy, therefore a formal personnel inquiry is not warranted.”
Beltran appeared in Marin County Superior Court, remaining calm without making statements. Her public defender Peter Arian requested a delay in arraignment, now scheduled for February 2.
Beltran had previously described her struggles with drug abuse and mental health in an online blog. “Drugs gave me escape, relief, false happiness, they were like a self-medicating bandage,” she wrote. She also mentioned feeling “very hateful toward my mother,” despite acknowledging her mother’s immense love.
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