The Pasco Sheriff’s Office has arrested 18 year old Brandon Machetto and charged him with the murder of his grandmother 74 year old Sylvia Rosalie Schmitt. This happened at Schmitt’s home located at 21036 Little Magens Loop in Paradise Lakes in Lutz.
Machetto has a history of domestic violence and was arrested for a previous altercation with Schmitt.
A neighbor called 911 after seeing Machetto acting suspiciously outside of Scmitt’s home early this morning and that caller claims Machetto appeared to place a body inside his grandmother’s gold Honda Odyssey.
He then left the scene while investigators arrived around 5:30 this morning.
A Silver Alert was issued for Schmitt and one of our deputies patrolling outside the neighborhood spotted Schmitt’s vehicle entering the gated community just after 10 am. He made a traffic stop and Brandon Machetto was taken into custody.
Schmitt’s body was found inside the vehicle. Machetto had been living with his grandmother for the past several weeks.
Source: Pasco County Sheriff’s Office