Residents called Cypress Police about a stranger in their neighborhood with a machete Saturday morning, leading to the man holing up in an unoccupied home, a fire breaking out in the same house and firefighters dousing the blaze and later finding the body of Steve Taylor, 20, of Long Beach, inside.
The flames were reported around 7:35 a.m. in the 11000 block of Panay Street, according to the Orange County Fire Authority.
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Police are mum at this hour about the incident.
Fire officials report the residents of the home were away on vacation. Witnesses saw police chase a man with a machete or large knife back into the abode.
It's unclear if Taylor had any connection to the home's residents.