LUTZ. Fla. (970 WFLA) – Pasco deputies say they arrested 18-year-old Brandon Machetto and charged him with the murder of his grandmother, 74-year-old Sylvia Rosalie Schmitt. Deputies say it happened at Schmitt's home located at 21036 Little Magens Loop in ParadiseLakes in Lutz.
According to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, a neighbor called 911 after seeing Machetto acting suspiciously outside of Schmitt's home early Monday morning and that caller claims Machetto appeared to place a body inside his grandmother's van.
Deputies say he then left the scene while investigators arrived around 5:30 a.m. A silver alert was issued for Schmitt and officials say one of their deputies patrolling outside the neighborhood spotted Schmitt's vehicle entering the gated community just after 10 am. PCSO says he made a traffic stop and Brandon Machetto was taken into custody. Deputies say Schmitt's body was found inside the vehicle.
Deputies say Machetto had been living with his grandmother for the past several weeks and has a history of domestic violence and has been arrested for a previous altercation with Schmitt.
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