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‘This was a devastating attack’: Mentally ill man allegedly stabs mom and daughter to death in their home

London police have arrested a man in connection with the stabbing deaths of a mother and daughter, as reported by The Sun.

Joshua Cohen, 27, was arrested Saturday afternoon in a park near where the murders took place. The unnamed victims, ages 66 and 33, were found with stab wounds in their north London home. The women were pronounced dead at the scene, according to The Guardian.

Metropolitan Police launched a manhunt following Friday night’s double homicide. Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Rose told citizens that additional foot patrols will be present in the surrounding area.

“I would like to reassure local residents that police are doing everything they can to find and apprehend the individual suspected to be involved in this horrific attack,” he said.

Their search turned up Cohen, who is now behind bars and being questioned by investigators.

“Following a recent media appeal, a discerning member of the public alerted police to a real-time sighting and officers moved quickly to detain and arrest the man wanted for questioning shortly before 2 p.m.,” Metropolitan Police Detective Inspector Ian Lott commented.

Prior to his capture, authorities warned the public against approaching Cohen, who suffers from mental health issues including paranoid schizophrenia. Authorities also noted that the 27-year-old had recently shaved his head and eyebrows, possibly altering his appearance, the Evening Standard reported.

Though an autopsy is pending, police said they are confident they know the victims’ identities. Authorities also believe the victims knew the suspect.

The Sun reported that authorities are still inspecting the crime scene.

Detective Inspector Lott concluded, “This was a devastating attack on two women in their homes. Our investigation is ongoing.”

[Featured Image: Metropolitan Police]