A former Cold Stone Creamery and Massage Envy executive died after a ‘drug fueled attack’ where he beat and used a stun gun on his elderly parents at their home.
Lee Knowlton, 55, stopped breathing after officers took him into custody when his mother accused him of a brutal assault on Monday night in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The former executive for Cold Stone Creamery had allegedly entered Chuck and Joye Knowltons’ senior living community home and attacked them, using a stun gun and beating them until they bled.
Authorities said Knowlton had drug paraphernalia on him when he was arrested.
The Massage Envy businessman had suffered a cardiac arrest while in custody and died just after midnight on Tuesday.
Lee Knowlton, 55, (left) died on Tuesday morning after he was arrested on Monday night for allegedly beating his parents (right) until they bled at their home in Scottsdale, Arizona
The former executive for Cold Stone Creamery and Massage Envy allegedly entered Chuck (left) and Joye Knowltons’ senior living community home and attacked them, using a stun gun
Local police were called to the scene at Andara Senior Living community around 7pm after Joye Knowlton reported a domestic violence dispute.
Police said they found Joye waiting outside, visibly beaten. Police then entered the apartment to find Knowlton and his father on the ground covered in blood.
The couple, who are in their 80s, were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and are reported to be in stable condition.
Knowlton was arrested but police claim he stopped breathing when they put handcuffs on him, so he was transported to a nearby hospital, where he later died.
Scottsdale Police Sergeant Ben Hoster said in a press conference: ‘During the handcuffing, he stopped breathing and went into full code.’
Knowlton’s official cause of death will be released by the County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Authorities said Knowlton, who allegedly had drug paraphernalia on him, had suffered a cardiac arrest while in custody and died just after midnight on Tuesday
Local police were called to the scene at Andara Senior Living community (pictured). His parents were taken to a nearby hospital and are in stable condition
Before the shocking incident, Knowlton’s Facebook page was frequently updated with posts of his father, celebrating Father’s Day and for no particular occasion.
In June, he wrote: ‘Happy Fathers Day Dad! You are an incredible role model for me and I appreciate how you have always been there for me.’
Another photo caption read: ‘In honor of my Dad on Memorial Day, served in Korea, so proud of him.’
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The businessman was most recently the senior vice president of global sales and international at Massage Envy; prior to that he was the CEO of Fun Brands, Fun Brands Carousels, Pump It Up and BounceU, reported Biz Journals.
He also worked as an executive at Cold Stone Creamery, Kahala Corp., Planet Hollywood and TGI Fridays in Korea.
Massage Envy released a statement that said: ‘We are shaken and profoundly saddened by this loss. Our deepest sympathies go out to Lee?s family.’
The businessman was most recently the senior vice president of global sales and international at Massage Envy. He also worked as an executive at Cold Stone Creamery