A Livermore man faces a murder charge after authorities allege he stabbed his father to death at home last week following several days in which both parents were concerned for their safety amid their son's erratic behavior.
Timothy Paul Young, 26, has also been charged with a special allegation for use of a deadly weapon in connection with the Jan. 4 death of his father, Edward Tsung Yung Young.
Timothy Young, who was booked into Santa Rita Jail last Friday, spent more than four days in the hospital for treatment on the wounds he was suffering from when police first arrived at the family's Geneve Court house -- injuries that officers intimate could have been self-inflicted.
It was not immediately clear whether Timothy Young was represented by an attorney, or whether he'd entered a plea to the charges against him.
Timothy Young did not explicitly deny or admit killing his father when interviewed by police, but said he blacked out and woke up injured next to his father's body, Officer Jennifer Bloom wrote in a probable cause statement. Elements of his story differed from the statement his mother gave to police.
The investigation began as a suspicious death case on the afternoon of Jan. 4, when Livermore police received a report of a man down inside a residence in the 1200 block of Geneve Court.
The neighborhood is on the west side of town, near the Portola Avenue-Murrieta Boulevard intersection and not far from Al Caffodio Park.
Officers responded around 12:30 p.m. to the house after a caller -- who identified himself as Timothy Young -- told 9-1-1 dispatch that he had been raped, his father was dead in the house, and he had been stabbed and could see his own intestines, Bloom wrote. Timothy Young came out of the house minutes later and was taken to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley for medical treatment.
But a subsequent interview with his mother revealed Timothy Young, who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and refused to take his medication, had experienced recent episodes of delusion and hallucination, according to Bloom.
The situation became so concerning, according to the mother, that she left their house on Jan. 2 to stay with a friend for safety reasons after her son attacked her and her husband while crying and acting erratically that morning, Bloom wrote. Edward Young stayed at home.
The mother told police that Edward and Timothy brought her dinner the next night, but around 11:45 p.m. Jan. 3, her husband called to say that their son was hearing voices that were telling him to kill his father, according to Bloom. Edward Young reportedly told his wife he would stay in his bedroom and lock the door that night.
The mother said Timothy Young ignored her calls the next morning, but answered a call just after noon from his brother, who asked to speak to their father but was told the father wasn't home. Six minutes later, Timothy Young called 9-1-1 and told the dispatcher his father was dead, according to Bloom.
Upon arrival, officers observed Timothy Young with apparent stab wounds in the front part of his body. Inside the home, they found a man -- later identified as Edward Young -- who appeared to have been dead for some hours, according to Bloom.
There were no signs of forced entry into the house; neighbors reported hearing loud banging noises between 1-3 a.m. Jan. 4, according to Bloom.
At the hospital, a treating doctor told police that Timothy Young's wounds could have been self-inflicted based on their depth and location on the body, according to Bloom.
Timothy Young, who was placed under arrest at the hospital on Jan. 4, was taken to the Livermore Police Department for questioning on Jan. 8, agreeing to waive his Miranda rights and speak to police, according to Bloom.
Denying that he was schizophrenic, Timothy Young told police he went to sleep in his bed at 9 p.m. Jan. 3 but awoke some time later kneeling in his father's bedroom and was being "orally raped" by his former landlord and his brother, according to Bloom. The man said he didn't see his attackers but recognized their voices.
Timothy Young said he then heard his father screaming and "blacked out," according to Bloom. He told police he woke up in a pool of blood next to his father, screamed in pain and then blacked out again.
Saying he awoke during daylight on Jan. 4, Timothy Young told police he answered a call from his brother who was asking if their father was dead. It was then, he said, he realized he was severely injured and called 9-1-1, according to Bloom.
After the interview, Timothy Young was transported to Santa Rita Jail in Dublin and booked into custody. The Alameda County District Attorney's Office later charged him with first-degree murder and special allegation of using a knife during the crime.