Father, teenage son stabbed in apparent ‘targeted attack’ in Placentia apartment

A father and his teenage son were the victims of an early Sunday morning stabbing in their Placentia apartment after two men allegedly broke in, police said.

At about 3:37 a.m., police responded to an unknown call at an apartment at 140 W. Orangethorpe Ave., where a 34-year-old father and his 14-year-old son were found stabbed, the Placentia Police Department said. Both were transported to a local trauma center and were expected to survive.

The attackers were described as two men in their 30s dressed in dark clothing who allegedly gained access into the apartment by breaking the front window,  police said. They then attacked the father, who was in the living room, and the son tried to intervene when he was stabbed by one of the suspects, according to police.

The incident appears to be a targeted attack against the father and there were no public safety concerns, police said in a news release.

Anyone with information related to the incident was encouraged to call detectives at 714-993-8146 or by email at jjones@placentia.org

Anonymous tips can also be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers at (855) TIP-OCCS or on their website http://occrimestoppers.org

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Riverside man admits guilt in fatal Santa Ana shooting, trying to kill a deputy while in custody; gets 25-year sentence

SANTA ANA  — A 37-year-old Riverside man who took part in a fatal vehicle-to-vehicle shooting in Santa Ana and tried to kill a sheriff’s deputy while in custody pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 25 years in prison, according to court records obtained Monday.

Emmanuel Vega pleaded guilty Friday to voluntary manslaughter, shooting at a car and attempted murder, all felonies, and admitted a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a firearm in the Nov. 2, 2011, shooting death of 36-year-old Juan Manuel Diaz in the 1600 block of East Edinger Avenue.

Vega also pleaded guilty to attempted murder for the Jan. 12, 2019, attack on a sheriff’s deputy, according to court records. He was sentenced to nine years in prison for that case, which will run concurrent to the manslaughter case.

Vega was given credit for 3,114 days in custody.

Vega was arrested in December 2013 in connection with the Nov. 2, 2011, shooting death of Diaz.

Co-defendant Steve Moreno, 31, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in January 2014 and has been awaiting sentencing. Court records in his case are sealed.

Vega opened fire from a Toyota 4Runner owned by this father into a blue van with Diaz behind the wheel, according to police testimony from his March 2015 preliminary hearing.

Roberto Diaz, who was a passenger in the van, was also wounded but survived.

Moreno told police he was a passenger in the SUV. According to the preliminary hearing testimony, Vega picked him up and they drove to a park in Irvine looking for members of a local gang.

They didn’t see anyone from the particular gang they were looking for so they played some basketball before Vega went over to a handball court to resume the search, according to testimony. They were about to leave when they saw Juan and Roberto Diaz and decided to follow them, according to the police testimony.

Vega produced a gun during the ride, but Moreno declined to use it, so Vega opened fire on the victims, who were cousins of Moreno’s wife, police said. It wasn’t clear what motivated the shooting.

Vega had been charged with murder with special circumstance allegations of shooting from a vehicle and murder by means of lying in wait. He was also facing charges of possession of a gun by a felon and attempted murder, with sentencing enhancement allegations for discharge of a gun causing great bodily injury or death and attempted premeditated murder.

In the attack on the deputy on Jan. 12, 2019, Vega used a metal shank, prosecutors said. He was also accused of attacking another deputy and a sergeant, according to court records.

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Man gets 9 years in prison for crashing car into La Mirada fitness center after cancellation of membership

NORWALK — A Whittier man who deliberately crashed a relative’s car into the front of a La Mirada fitness center that had canceled his membership was sentenced to nine years in state prison, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.

Sergio Gabriel Reyes, 34, was sentenced immediately after pleading no contest to one count of assault with a deadly weapon — an automobile — on Monday, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Reyes drove a relative’s vehicle to Crunch Fitness, in the 12800 block of Valley View Avenue, and crashed the car through the front window, nearly hitting an employee who was standing at the reception desk, on March 19, 2019.

Reyes fled the scene and was arrested soon afterward, according to Deputy District Attorney Robert Villa.

Reyes’ gym membership was terminated that month due to alleged inappropriate behavior, according to authorities.

He has remained behind bars since he was taken into custody, jail records show.

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Driver suspected of ramming police vehicle surrenders after pursuit on O.C. freeways

SANTA ANA — A high-speed pursuit of a suspected drunken driver in a full-size pickup truck that traveled along at least two Orange County freeways ended Tuesday night with the driver surrendering to authorities in Santa Ana.

Officers responded to a suspicious vehicle call in a parking lot in the 5700 block of La Palma Avenue, just east of Imperial Highway, about 9:20 p.m., and the driver rammed into at least one of the officers’ vehicles, then fled, prompting the pursuit, according to the Anaheim Police Department.

The suspect drove at speeds mostly in the 80s and briefly topped 100 mph while traveling on the southbound Orange (57) Freeway and eastbound and the westbound Garden Grove (22) Freeway.

The driver exited the eastbound Garden Grove Freeway at Grand Avenue about 10:20 p.m. and pulled into a gated apartment complex, stopped the vehicle, stepped out and surrendered to officers. He was quickly taken into custody.

The suspect’s name was not immediately disclosed.

No injuries were reported.

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Santa Ana detectives seek help finding parolee suspected of ramming 3 police vehicles

SANTA ANA — Authorities Wednesday asked for the public’s help in locating the parolee suspected of stealing a pickup truck and using it to intentionally ram three police vehicles outside a motel in Santa Ana.

Gang detectives attempted to contact the suspect in the parking lot of the Pueblo Motel, located at 1501 N. Harbor Blvd., south of Westminster Avenue, about 11 a.m. Monday, when the suspect stepped on the gas and sped toward detectives and civilians, according to the Santa Ana Police Department.

As the suspect, identified as Maximiliano Osorio, 23, fled, he rammed the truck into three police vehicles as he escaped onto Harbor Boulevard, the department said.

The stolen truck was later found in Garden Grove along with over 100 grams of methamphetamine, police said.

Osorio is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds with a medium build, short brown hair and brown eyes. He is on parole for a conviction for assault with a deadly weapon.

Anyone with information on Osorio’s whereabouts of was asked to call Santa Ana police Detective Thai at 949-407-7878 or by email at dthai@santa-ana.org

Anonymous tips can be called in to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855- 847-6227.

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Police car crashes en route to reported road rage incident in Anaheim

An Anaheim police car collided with another vehicle while responding to reports of a man who had brandished a gun in an apparent road rage incident that resulted in one arrest on Monday, March 23.

No shots were fired, Anaheim Police Sgt. Shane Carringer said. No major injuries were reported in either incident.

The sequence of events leading up to the crash began when a caller told authorities that a man behind the wheel of a black Toyota had displayed a firearm while driving near Anaheim Boulevard and Ball Road at about 8 p.m., Carringer said. An officer dispatched to the incident was traveling in a marked police car with its lights and sirens activated. It collided with an SUV in the intersection of Anaheim Boulevard and Cerritos Avenue.

  • Police investigate near the site of a collision involving an SUV and an Anaheim Police Department vehicle at the intersection of Anaheim Boulevard and Cerritos Avenue on Monday, March 23 (Photo by Brentt Sporn/OnScene TV).

  • An Anaheim police car collided with an SUV at the intersection of Anaheim Boulevard and Cerritos Avenue while en route to an alleged road rage incident on Monday, March 23 (Photo by Brentt Sporn/OnScene TV).

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  • An Anaheim police car collided with an SUV at the intersection of Anaheim Boulevard and Cerritos Avenue while en route to an alleged road rage incident on Monday, March 23 (Photo by Brentt Sporn/OnScene TV).

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Photos taken at the site of the crash showed a Dodge Durango in the intersection with damage to its rear driver side, and a police car with a smashed front end that appeared to have traveled over a sidewalk and onto a patch of grass. Nobody was seriously hurt, but the driver of the civilian SUV was sent to a hospital for evaluation with complaints of pain, Carringer said. No person was taken into custody in connection with the collision, which was under investigation Monday evening.

Meanwhile, the suspect in the reported case of road rage was stopped by officers nearby and arrested, Carringer said. He was booked on suspicion of felony assault, and later identified as David Park, 42, of Fullerton. He had a valid permit to carry a concealed weapon, and will not face any charges for possessing the gun involved in the alleged incident.

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Man in Orange charged with assaulting police officer with Crock-Pot lid

SANTA ANA — A 35-year-old man was charged Tuesday with attacking a police officer in Orange.

Khleoum Tong was charged with assault with a weapon on a police officer and resisting arrest, both felonies. He was also charged with a misdemeanor count of assault on a peace officer and a misdemeanor count of being under the influence of methamphetamine.

Tong also faces sentencing enhancements for inflicting great bodily injury on at least one of the officers, according to court records.

Police responded just after 2 p.m. Saturday to a “panic button” alarm from a car, and when the officers arrived the suspect was “acting irate,” said Sgt. Phil McMullin of the Orange Police Department.

Tong appeared to be under the influence of drugs, and at some point he “grabbed a lid from a Crock-Pot and threw it at an officer and struck him on the chin,” McMullin said.

The officer needed three stitches and was able to return to duty this week, McMullin said.

Police had to use a Taser to take the suspect into custody, McMullin said.

Six officers were involved in the attempt to arrest Tong, according to court records.

Tong pleaded not guilty at an arraignment in the jail courtroom in Santa Ana on Tuesday and was ordered to return to court for a pretrial hearing Dec. 11, according to court records.

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Fullerton police seek witnesses in assault outside cantina that left a man with a massive head injury

FULLERTON — A man suffered a massive head injury and two other people suffered minor injuries in an assault outside a Fullerton bar early Wednesday that resulted in the arrests of four suspects; and police were looking for witnesses to the incident.

The attack occurred about 2 a.m. outside the Matador Cantina, 111 N. Harbor Blvd., police said.

The victim was responsive and speaking when police arrived, but his condition worsened, leaving him hospitalized in serious condition with a massive head injury, police said.

The two victims with minor injuries provided detectives with descriptions of four suspects who were located and arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury, police said.

Anyone who witnessed the attack and can provide police with information or cell phone video was asked to call Detective K. Pedrosa at 714- 738-6763 or email kpedrosafullertonpd.org.

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Woman charged with attempted murder, is suspected of trying to push high school cross-country runner off a bridge in OC

SANTA ANA — Authorities say a 23-year-old woman has been charged with attempted murder for allegedly trying to push a high school cross-country runner off a bridge in Southern California.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department said the boy’s Capistrano Valley High School teammates were able to fight off the woman after she assaulted two of them Aug. 23 in Ladera Ranch.


Stephanie Redondo, 23, a transient, was arrested by Orange County Sheriff’s Department deputies after she allegedly tried to push a teenage boy off a bridge in Ladera Ranch. (Courtesy of Orange County Sheriff’s Department)

Officials said that during the assault the suspect grabbed one of the boys and attempted to throw him over the railing onto a roadway below.

Prosecutors said Tuesday that Stephanie Redondo also faces battery and assault charges. Authorities described her as a transient. It wasn’t known if she has an attorney.

Nobody was seriously hurt in the incident.

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2 hospitalized, 2 in custody after fight at OC Fair

COSTA MESA — Two victims suffered cuts to their arms in an altercation Wednesday night at the Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa and two men were taken into custody.

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Orange County sheriff’s deputies responded to a fight in the main mall area of the fair about 9:40 p.m. and located the two victims, according to fair spokeswoman Terry Moore.

The victims were taken to a hospital in unknown condition, Moore said.

Two men were taken into custody by deputies around 11 p.m., NBC4 reported.

No weapons were recovered, Moore said.

The Sheriff’s Department investigated the incident.

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