15-year-old suspected of murdering his mom recaptured following escape

A law enforcement official said a “very good lead” led authorities about 9 p.m. Friday to a McDonald’s restaurant in Anaheim, where officers recaptured a 15-year-old boy charged with stabbing his mother to death.


Ike Souzer, 15, escaped from Orange County Juvenile Hall early Friday, April 12. The teen, seen here in an undated picture, is suspected of murder. (Courtesy of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department)

Ike Souzer had escaped from a juvenile facility earlier Friday.

Orange County sheriff’s Capt. Mike Peters also says Souzer was given medical treatment for puncture wounds on his leg that might have come from his escape.

More than 80 law enforcement personnel searched for Souzer after he escaped from Orange County Juvenile Hall just after midnight Friday. The 6-foot-tall, 200-pound teen somehow got onto a roof and then jumped a perimeter fence.

Souzer had been in the middle of a murder trial in the 2017 stabbing of 48-year-old Barbra Scheuer-Souzer. He was 13 when she was killed.

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Allison Mack, an actress with OC ties, pleads guilty in scheme involving sex slaves for a cult-like group in New York

NEW YORK — TV actress Allison Mack pleaded guilty Monday to charges she was involved in a scheme to turn women into sex slaves for the spiritual leader of a cult-like upstate New York group, a development that came on the same day jury selection began for a federal trial in the case.


FILE – This June 26, 2012, file photo shows television actress Allison Mack at a party in Los Angeles. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP, File)

Mack, 36, wept as she admitted her crimes and apologized to the women who prosecutors say were exploited by Keith Raniere and the purported self-help group called NXIVM.

“I believed Keith Raniere’s intentions were to help people, and I was wrong,” Mack told a Brooklyn judge.

Mack – best known for her role as a young Superman’s close friend on the series “Smallville” – said that after months of reflection since her arrest, “I know I can and will be a better person.”

The actress is to be sentenced Sept. 11 on two racketeering counts that each carry maximum terms of 20 years in prison. However, it’s likely she would face far less time under sentencing guidelines.

After her arrest last year, a federal judge agreed to release Mack on $5 million bond and place her under home detention.  She planned to live with her parents at their home in Los Alamitos as she awaited further legal proceedings, The Associated Press reported.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mack was born in Germany, where her father was an opera singer. The family later moved to Southern California and Mack graduated from the Orange County High School of the Arts in Santa Ana, now called the Orange County School of the Arts.

The Register contributed to this story.

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Motorcyclist killed in collision with car on Ortega Highway near Lake Elsinore

LAKE ELSINORE — A motorcyclist was fatally injured Sunday when his vehicle crashed with a car near Lake Elsinore, the California Highway Patrol said.

The crash happened just after 3 p.m. on Ortega Highway, about 2 miles south of Grand Avenue in the Upper San Juan Campground, the CHP and Cal Fire Riverside said.

The motorcyclist died at the scene, Cal Fire Riverside said. There’s no word yet on the gender or age of rider. The rider’s name was withheld pending notification of kin.

The crash left the bike about 200 feet off the side of the highway, the CHP said.

The condition of the car driver was not immediately known.

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Fatal crash temporarily closes eastbound lanes of 91 Freeway in Anaheim

ANAHEIM — At least one person died in a two-vehicle crash on the eastbound Riverside (91) Freeway in Anaheim, authorities said Wednesday.

Officers responded about 10:10 p.m. Tuesday to witness reports that a vehicle had gone airborne and crashed into the back of a big rig near the East Street exit, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The first officers on scene reported a vehicle had rear-ended a truck, was smoking and its driver was unresponsive, the CHP said.

All lanes of traffic were stopped about 10:15 p.m. The carpool and No. 1 lane were reopened about 10:50 p.m. and all lanes of the freeway reopened about 12:15 a.m.

The name of the victim was not immediately released. The cause of the crash was under investigation.

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2 arrested in robbery of Seal Beach beauty products store

SEAL BEACH — Two Long Beach men in their early 20s have been arrested in Seal Beach on suspicion of robbing an Ulta beauty products store, authorities said Tuesday.

The suspects, identified as Isaiah Gurley, 22, and Nicholas Ray, 20, were arrested soon after the robbery, which occurred about 3:05 p.m. Monday, according to Seal Beach police Sgt. Michael Henderson.

According to Henderson, one suspect entered the store at 12339 Seal Beach Blvd., selected some fragrances and other items from the shelves and attempted to leave without paying.

The store manager confronted the suspect, and a struggle ensued, Henderson said.

The suspect fled and got into a waiting vehicle, which was described to police, according to Henderson.

Seal Beach officers located the vehicle and arrested the suspects, who were booked at the Seal Beach jail on suspicion of robbery, Henderson said.

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UC Irvine student stabbed, university police seek attacker

A female student was stabbed near UC Irvine student housing and university police were trying to identify and find the suspect Sunday night, broadcast reports said.

KTLA reported it happened just before 10 p.m. and the victim had been walking her dog when she was attacked. An unidentified attacker was involved, UCI spokesman Tom Vasich said.

Information on the condition of the victim, who was taken to a hospital, was not immediately available.

Officials say a female UC Irvine student was stabbed around 10pm this evening in the area of Camino Del Sol. Transported in unknown condition. Police are searching for the suspect described as a male with a large build. Students urged to secure in place @CBSLA @KCBSKCALDesk pic.twitter.com/9gn1lPwmIh

— Chris Ercoli (@CErcoliCBS2KCAL) March 11, 2019

UCI Public Safety tweeted about the incident at 10:20 p.m., advising the suspect had a large build and people on campus should “secure in place.”

The situation was declared clear at 11:32 p.m., though the suspect was outstanding.

zotALERT: Situation all clear. Resume normal activity. Susp still outstanding. Suspect desc: Male large build. Call 911 if you see anything

— UCI Public Safety (@UCIrvinePD) March 11, 2019

zotALERT: UCIPD has checked campus thoroughly and have no reason to believe suspect is in the area.

— UCI Public Safety (@UCIrvinePD) March 11, 2019

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Newport Beach bank robber flees on electric bike with $8,000

A bank robber got away on an electric bike with about $8,000 from a Newport Beach heist on Thursday, March 7.

A man seen wearing sunglasses with a dark colored beanie and jacket entered the OneWest Bank, 3700 East Coast Highway, at about 3:48 p.m., according to a news release from the Newport Beach Police Department. It said he brandished a black semiautomatic handgun and demanded money from a teller.

The robber fled on a black electric bicycle. Police say he may have stuffed a pillow inside his shirt in an attempt to mask his identity.

No customers were inside during the robbery, which was captured on surveillance footage. No injuries were reported.

  • A man got away on an electric bicycle with $8,000 after robbing the OneWest Bank at 3700 East Coast Highway in Newport Beach on Thursday, March 7. Authorities said the suspect is considered armed and dangerous and should be avoided if spotted. Anyone who might have seen him should contact police. (Photo courtesy of the Newport Beach Police Department)

  • A man got away on an electric bicycle with $8,000 after robbing the OneWest Bank at 3700 East Coast Highway in Newport Beach on Thursday, March 7. Authorities said the suspect is considered armed and dangerous and should be avoided if spotted. Anyone who might have seen him should contact police. (Photo courtesy of the Newport Beach Police Department)

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  • A man got away on an electric bicycle with $8,000 after robbing the OneWest Bank at 3700 East Coast Highway in Newport Beach on Thursday, March 7. Authorities said the suspect is considered armed and dangerous and should be avoided if spotted. Anyone who might have seen him should contact police. (Photo courtesy of the Newport Beach Police Department)

  • A man got away on an electric bicycle with $8,000 after robbing the OneWest Bank at 3700 East Coast Highway in Newport Beach on Thursday, March 7. Authorities said the suspect is considered armed and dangerous and should be avoided if spotted. Anyone who might have seen him should contact police. (Photo courtesy of the Newport Beach Police Department)

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Authorities considered the suspect armed and dangerous, and warned members of the public not to approach him if spotted. Police asked anyone who thinks they might have seen him to contact Detective Mike Fletcher at 949-644-2779.

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Felon gets 5 years in prison after leaving gun in car, leading to child accidentally shooting his mom in Norwalk

NORWALK — An ex-con — who left a shotgun in the back seat of a car where a 4-year-old boy found the weapon and accidentally shot his mother in Norwalk — pleaded no contest Wednesday to a felony gun charge.

Brandon Gilbert Ambriz, 24, of Norwalk, was immediately sentenced to five years in state prison following his plea to possession of a firearm by a felon.As a result of his plea, four felony counts of child abuse were dismissed against Ambriz, involving four children who were in the car at the time of the Jan. 23 shooting but were not injured.

Ambriz left the shotgun in the vehicle in which children were regularly driven, but was not in the car at the time of the shooting, according to Deputy District Attorney Chad Gillette.

The 4-year-old boy, who was in the back seat, accidentally shot his mother while handling the weapon.

Ambriz was arrested the day of the shooting and has remained behind bars since then.

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Police seek help finding Santa Ana man last seen Jan. 23

SANTA ANA — Santa Ana police asked for the public’s help Tuesday in their search for a 33-year-old man who was last seen Jan. 23.

Ivan Moreno, who resides in Santa Ana, was last seen about 1 p.m. just before going to work at a Pitfire Pizza restaurant in Los Angeles, according to police.

 

Moreno is known to often travel on Metrolink trains and use ride-hailing services like Uber or Lyft, police said.

Moreno’s cell phone is turned off and investigators have seen no banking activity on his accounts since the day he was last seen. No one has heard from him since he left for work.

Anyone with information was asked to contact Detective. A. Garcia at agarcia3@santa-ana.org

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Suspect sought in Garden Grove shooting

A man was shot during an attempted robbery in Garden Grove, but was expected to survive on Monday, March 4.

The man was shot at about 7:05 p.m. in the 11300 block of Dale Street, according to the Garden Grove Police Department.

Officers searched the area for the suspect, but did not immediately locate him Monday night. He was described by police as a man in his mid 40s who had been armed with a handgun.

Officers are done with the search. The suspect was not found. He was described as a Male Hispanic in mid 40’s. Motive was robbery. Armed with a handgun. If anyone has info please contact PD. #detectives #ggpd32 #update

— Garden Grove Police (@GardenGrovePD) March 5, 2019

Officials asked anyone with information relevant to the shooting to contact the Garden Grove Police Department. The number for the station is 714-741-5704.

The investigation prompted the temporary closure of a section of Dale Street.

Staff writer Eric Licas contributed to this report

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