PALMDALE, Calif. — Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives are searching for a man they believe killed a family of three in their Palmdale-area home.

Fifty-four-year-old James “Todd” Brown is wanted for the Jan. 13 attack. He’s 6 feet tall, weighs 265 pounds and is considered “very dangerous.”

He may be driving a 2002 silver Toyota Tacoma pickup truck with a camper shell.

Investigators say Brown did odd jobs for the family and had lived in a trailer on their property for two years.

Authorities say he got into an argument that escalated until he beat, stabbed and suffocated 78-year-old Richard Gardner, 56-year-old Pepper Gardner and their 52-year-old son, Richard.

Deputies who were asked to check on the family’s welfare found the bodies. The family dogs also were beaten to death.

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