Fullerton man arrested in deadly pedestrian bridge stabbing

A 29-year-old Fullerton man was arrested Sunday, Sept. 5, in connection with a deadly stabbing of another man on a pedestrian bridge crossing over Harbor Boulevard in Fullerton, police said.

Abigail Jorge Gonzalez-Castillo was arrested on suspicion of murder with special circumstances in the Aug. 30 fatal stabbing of a man in his late 20s, the Fullerton Police Department said. The special circumstance allegation accuses Gonzalez-Castillo of lying in wait, according to Sgt. Brandon Clyde, spokesman for the Police Department.

Gonzalez-Castillo was being held without bail, police said.

On Aug. 30, police received a call from a person who found a man who had been fatally stabbed in his abdomen at 4:40 a.m. The man was dead when officers arrived, police said.

Information on a potential motive for the stabbing has not been released.

No additional identifying information was immediately available for the victim.

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Homeless man faces murder charge after victim dies in Santa Ana

SANTA ANA — A 27-year-old homeless man charged with beating another homeless man with an aluminum pipe in Santa Ana last week faces an upgraded charge of murder now that the victim has died of his injuries, police said Tuesday.

Jonathan Ceclio Menjivar Lemus was charged Monday with attempted murder with sentencing enhancements for causing great bodily injury and the personal use of a deadly weapon in the beating of 27-year-old Jesus Morales Jimenez about 5 p.m. last Thursday at 828 N. Raitt St., said Santa Ana police Cpl. Sonia Rojo.

A witness told police she saw the suspect swinging the pipe up and down as if he were slamming it into the ground, but because her view was obstructed, she couldn’t see the victim, Rojo said. When she and a companion went to look at what the suspect was doing, they found the victim and called 911, Rojo said.

Police arrested Lemus several hours later, but he was allegedly too high at the time to question, Rojo said. The victim succumbed to his injuries Monday night, she said.

It was not clear what prompted the attack, Rojo said.

Lemus, who is being held without bail, made his initial court appearance on Monday in the jail courtroom, and his arraignment was rescheduled for Sept. 15. According to jail records, his occupation is listed as construction.

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32-year-old charged with murder, suspected of purposefully running over man in Anaheim

ANAHEIM — A 32-year-old man suspected of running over a man in the parking lot of a convenience store in Anaheim was charged Tuesday with murder, according to court records.

Joshua Michael Petro is accused of killing 36-year-old Stephen McGuire of El Monte early Saturday, according to Anaheim Police Department Sgt. Shane Carringer.

Police were called to the 7-Eleven store at 107 W. Ball Road, near Anaheim Boulevard, at 12:38 a.m. Saturday regarding a traffic accident, Carringer said.

When officers arrived they found the victim, who was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Carringer said. Further investigation revealed the victim was purposefully run over by a car, Carringer said.

Police later tracked down Petro at a motel in the city and arrested him, Carringer said. Police would not reveal what relationship the two may have had or what prompted the attack, Carringer said.

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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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$1 million arrest warrant obtained for suspect in Anaheim motel homicide

Homicide detectives have obtained a $1 million arrest warrant for a Romanian man suspected of committing a fatal shooting at an Anaheim motel, according to the Anaheim Police Department.

37-year-old Florin Raducanu is suspected of fatally shooting 42-year-old Aurel Trandafir on Sunday, Jan. 24, at 1201 W. Katella Ave. Raducanu and Trandafir both were visiting from Romania, the Police Department said in a Wednesday statement.

Police said the minivan they believe Raducanu used to escape the crime scene has been recovered. He is considered to be armed and dangerous and is known to use numerous aliases, the Police Department said.

On Sunday at about 7:37 p.m., officers responded to a report of a shooting at Abby’s Anaheimer Inn. Officers located Trandafir suffering from at least one gunshot wound and he was transported to a hospital, where he died from his injuries, Anaheim police said.

At the time of the shooting, Trandafir was wanted by Romanian officials for robbery, the Police Department said.

Detectives are asking anyone with information about Raducanu’s whereabouts to call them at 714-321-3669 or to call Orange County Crime Stoppers at 1-855-TIP-OCCS.

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Man found in crashed car fatally shot in Santa Ana

SANTA ANA — A 20-year-old man was killed in a Santa Ana shooting and the shooter was at large Thursday morning.

Officers responded about 11 p.m. Wednesday to the 200 block of South Raitt street, near First Street, and found a Honda Accord crashed against a curb and pole and the victim inside with at least one gunshot wound, according to Cmdr. S. Enriquez of the Santa Ana Police Department.

The victim was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A description of the shooter was not immediately available.

The name of the victim was not disclosed.

The intersection of Raitt and First streets was closed after the incident.

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Woman charged in New Year’s Eve killing of man in Santa Ana

SANTA ANA — A 35-year-old security guard is facing a murder charge in connection with the New Year’s Eve killing of a man in Santa Ana, court records obtained Tuesday show.

Toetu Tesarina Lavea, who was arrested Saturday and was being held in lieu of $1 million bail, listed her occupation as security, according to jail records.

She is charged with murder in the death of 46-year-old Manuel Ramos of Santa Ana.

Police said they were called at 6:46 p.m. Jan. 2 to a residence in the 1800 block of West 18th Street, where they found Ramos’ body in the living room with “significant trauma” to his upper body. According to the criminal complaint, he was killed two days earlier, but further details were not immediately available.

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Shooting at Illinois bowling alley leaves 3 dead, 3 injured

ROCKFORD, Ill. — A gunman opened fire inside an Illinois bowling alley, killing three people and injuring three others Saturday night in what authorities believe was a random attack.

A 37-year-old male suspect was in custody after the shooting at Don Carter Lanes, Rockford police said in a social media  post.

Two of those who were shot were teenagers, police Chief Dan O’Shea said during a news conference.

O’Shea did not immediately release additional information about the victims. He described the scene as contained and said he did not think any officers fired their weapons while apprehending the suspected gunman.

Rockford is about 80 miles northwest of Chicago.

Mayor Tom McNamara released a statement saying he was “angered and saddened” about the shooting.

“My thoughts are with the families of those who lost loved ones,” McNamara said. “I’m also thinking of those who were injured and my hopes are with them for a quick and full recovery.”

The Rockford Register Star reported that 2020 has been the city’s deadliest year for homicides, according to records that date back to 1965. Thirty-five people have been killed in the city this year, breaking the previous record of 31 in 1996.

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Man fatally shot in La Habra

Gunfire in La Habra stuck and killed one person the evening of Monday, Nov. 2.

Officers were summoned at 8:54 p.m. to reports of an injured person in the area of Euclid Street and West Mountain View Avenue, La Habra Police Lt.. Dan Barnes said. They found one man who had been shot.

First responders tried to save his life, before he could be taken to a hospital. But he died at the scene. He was described as a man in his early 30s, Barnes said.

No arrests were announced Monday in connection with the shooting, Barnes said. Further information regarding what led up to the incident or a description of any possible suspect was not immediately available.

Authorities asked anyone with information that might be relevant to investigators to call La Habra police at 562-383-4300.

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7 fatally shot at illegal marijuana grow in Riverside County

Seven people were shot to death early Monday, Sept. 7, at a home in the unincorporated Riverside County community of Aguanga, authorities reported.

The victims were found in a residence in the 45000 block of Highway 371 in what was reportedly a house being used to grow illegal marijuana, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department reported.

Investigators found more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana and several hundred marijuana plants at the location, the Sheriff’s Department reported.

At 12:33 a.m., deputies were called to investigate a possible deadly assault when they entered the home and found a woman with severe gunshot wounds. The sheriff deputies then discovered six victims at the same home with gunshot wounds; all six died at the location, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department reported.

The woman was taken by paramedics to a local hospital where she later died from her injuries, the department reported.

A suspect or suspects in the killings had not been found and remained at large Monday night. Detectives from the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit and from its Hemet Station were gathering evidence.

“Investigators are currently working on leads,” read a statement from the sheriff’s department.

Cpl. Lionel Murphy of the Sheriff’s Department would not provide further details on Monday night. “It is an ongoing investigation,” Murphy said.

In a press release, attributed to Sgt. Richard Carroll, the authorities said the killings “appears to have been an isolated incident, and there is no threat to the general public.”

The names of those killed were not immediately released.

Aguanga is a remote community located 18 miles east of Temecula and 22 miles southeast of Hemet, with a population of 1,128.

The Sheriff’s Department is asking the public for help in solving the crimes. Anyone with information should contact Investigator Paz at (951) 955-2777.

 

 

 

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