A 35-year-old man who allegedly rode a motorized scooter through a Santa Ana grocery store before getting up and robbing the manager was charged with several felonies Monday, according to police, who add he faces several more counts for a violent apartment invasion.
See Update No. 3 on Page 2 with OCDA filing charges and alleging the players in the triple shooting may have met up for a drug transaction. Update No. 2 is on the murder arrest. Update No. 1 identifies the fatal shooting victim. ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 13, 9:07 A.M.: A man in his 20s from Anaheim was ... More >>
If you're going to fire your slingshot at someone other than Goliath, it'd be best to make sure that someone is not a cop. Or the cop's cruiser. Otherwise, you might find yourself in the predicament of Hector Luis Perez. The Santa Ana 37-year-old faces felony vandalism and assault with deadly weap ... More >>
See Update No. 2 at the end of this post identifying the deceased. Update No. 1 was about an arrest in the murder case. ORIGINAL POST, MAY 28, 9:12 A.M.: The recent Orange County body count continues: A roommate found a resident of an apartment in the 1300 block of North Harbor Boulevard dead ear ... More >>
Janet Jimenez, a 17-year-old from Santa Ana, was riding in a car late Friday with friends when someone fired into the vehicle, striking her in the upper torso and killing her.
Southern Californians are used to Santa Ana winds howling strong and wreaking havoc, but they are usually at their worst inland, in places like my old stomping grounds of Fontucky. Right now, however, the Santa Anas--or "Devil Winds," as the preacher man calls 'em--are doing a number on the City of ... More >>
See the update on the identities in the Santa Ana murder-suicide investigation. ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 3, 9:53 A.M.: An elderly couple was found shot to death in their Santa Ana condominium Wednesday evening in what police are investigating as a murder-suicide. A Santa Ana Police spokesman says it ... More >>
See Update No. 2 at the bottom of the next page with the I.D. of the man arrested for Gustavo Avalos Salazar's beating death. Update No. 1 is on the arrest being made. ORIGINAL POST, SEPT. 11, 10:28 A.M.: Santa Ana police are seeking the killer of a 24-year-old man who was beaten to death and left ... More >>
See Update No. 3 at the bottom of page 2 on the charges against Jorge Ocampo. Update No. 2 is about his arrest for being the alleged hit-and-run driver blamed for two deaths. Update No. 1 has police saying the suspect may have been racing. ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 23, 12:18 P.M.: Two people have now die ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post on the man's death and identification. ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 26, 9 A.M.: A man who was barefoot and wearing only a T-shirt and shorts ran back and forth across the 55 freeway before he stopped breathing early Sunday, according to police. The unidentified man wa ... More >>
Jessica Gonzalez, who was being sought since Thursday for the fatal shooting of her life partner Jennifer Roberta Solorio in Orange, was shot to death by Santa Ana Police Sunday morning, according to friends and family. Loved ones believe the 35-year-old essentially committed suicide by cop, confron ... More >>
Call it two-fer Thursday. That's when police in Buena Park and Santa Ana announced they are seeking a former Marine's stolen prosthetic leg and the gang member accused of causing the fellow to lose his real leg in the first place.It's all very confusing, so we'll start with the day after Thanksgivin ... More >>
Here's an important tip to sleuths amateur and professional: If you are looking for a place that might be a brothel, start with the inn in town that has generated 365 police calls in the past year and a half.Based on a tip from a john, and with a Los Angeles television news crew in town, cops busted ... More >>
The Costa Mesa Police Department is scheduled to hold a DUI/drivers license checkpoint from 8 tonight through 3 a.m. Saturday somewhere in the city.Santa Ana Police have one Saturday, from 7:30 p.m. through 1:30 a.m. Sunday, and we've got the location of that one.
See Update No. 3 on page 2 with the identities of the dead pedestrian and suspect and the man being held for murder. Update No. 2 on the next page is on the capture and an eyewitness account of the pedestrian being killed. Update No. 1 deals with the police shooting.ORIGINAL POST, MAY 30, 12:33 P.M. ... More >>
Images pulled from surveillance video of men believed to have stolen safes containing thousands of dollars from a church and four other locations were released by the Santa Ana Police Department Tuesday.
Santa Ana Police have a 28-year-old man in custody for allegedly being the creeper who was wearing gloves and carrying a rag as he ran at an desperately tried to grab a 15-year-old girl walking to Santa Ana Valley High School Wednesday morning.But as Moises Rendon sits in the city jail thanks to his ... More >>
I'm no Columbo, but an Orange County District Attorney's office statement I just received about Larry Thomas Dominguez being charged with illegally collecting more than $100,000 from his deceased father's Social Security benefits indicates to me the bones found in the homicide suspect's former backy ... More >>
A 20-year-old man became Orange County's first confirmed murder victim of 2013.Ruben Gonzalez Jr. was shot to death Saturday night in what Santa Ana Police suspect was a gang-related incident.
See Update No. 2 on page 2 with details on the $10 million claim against Santa Ana filed by the wife of the late Binh Van Nguyen.See Update No. 1 after the jump identifying the dead man and detailing his family's rage over the fatal shooting.ORIGINAL POST, JAN. 11, 8:36 A.M.: Santa Ana Police say an ... More >>
Santa Ana Police say they got a call just before 2 a.m. this morning about a man with a gun in the caller's residential garage near North Gunther Street and Morningside Avenue.John Berry Horton, 43, pointed a .44 magnum revolver at arriving officers and, after refusing orders to drop his weapon, was ... More >>
Santa Ana Police say a fleeing Ignacio Leon Jr. reached for the waistband of his pants before officers fired two shots into his chest early Sunday.Curious, then, that the 27-year-old, who was later listed in serious but stable condition at a hospital, had no weapon on him.
The Orange County District Attorney's office is investigating a bizarre shooting involving a 14-year-old boy killed by Santa Ana Police after he apparently called cops to say an armed man was in his neighborhood. Jose Rodriguez Jr. was holding a shotgun with a pistol grip when officers arrived to th ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post identifying the alleged gunman.ORIGINAL POST, SEPT. 10, 10:09 A.M.: It's not often that a parolee carrying a large gun can confront a police officer, get shot multiple times and live to talk about it. But that's what Santa Ana Police are saying about the man in ... More >>
A 15-year-old boy riding his bicycle through a residential stretch of the 2000 block of West Myrtle Street in Santa Ana Sunday evening was shot to death by someone in a passing vehicle.Two gang members who police have linked to other recent shootings in Santa Ana are now being held for the murder of ... More >>
See update at end of post about charges against 2-month-old Kimberly Gutierrez's mother, Lucero Carrera.ORIGINAL POST, JULY 2, 9:57 A.M.: A grandmother who'd stepped out to go to the market returned to her Santa Ana mobile home Friday afternoon to find her 2-month-old granddaughter drowning in a whi ... More >>
Orange County Vector Control workers discovered a man clinging to life before 3 p.m. Tuesday in the riverbed below the Edinger Street overpass in Santa Ana.Jesus Lopez Jr. told the workers he did not jump off the overpass. Then the Los Angeles 34-year-old died. An autopsy, further investigation and ... More >>
UPDATE MAY 23 4:23 P.M.: The Observatory's Jon Reiser contacted the Weekly about the incident at the venue last night and offered what he deems a less dramatic retelling of events."What actually happened is two people in front of the stage got into a fight. One of the two had 5 inch spiked / plug ty ... More >>
I didn't say anything because I didn't want to jinx it, but 2012 was shaping up to be a relatively light year when it came to the County of Orange, which isn't exactly Detroit when it comes to murders anyway. However, multiple murders like the one last month in Orange, coupled with a rash of recent ... More >>
UPDATE, MAY 2, 9:42 A.M.: The 21-year-old man shot to death Friday afternoon in what Santa Ana Police believe was a gang shooting has been identified as Daniel Gonzalez Jr. of Santa Ana.A description of his suspected killer has not been released, but police are investigating the murder of the Santa ... More >>
A 21-year-old man was sitting in the driver's seat of a white sedan that was filled with passengers and parked on Riverine Avenue near 10th Street in Santa Ana around 4:30 p.m. Friday. Another vehicle pulled alongside, several gunshots were fired, and the unidentified sedan driver was struck at leas ... More >>
Authorities have linked a Brink's Security guard who went through the police academy and has applied to become a cop to three Orange County rapes.And authorities fear suspected serial rapist Jose Luis Capacete, 39, of Baldwin Park, may have struck others besides the women sexually assaulted befor ... More >>
Nothing foretells the end of an event like a dozen cop cars lining up the street. That's what happened Friday night to the first Culture Carnival, a celebration of local artists with musical selections from bands like The Spell, JUPILAR, The Gromble and Midnight Hour inside a nondescript warehou ... More >>
UPDATE, JAN. 11, 6:23 P.M.: An autopsy determined that 49-year-old homeless man Antonio Ruiz Martinez, whose body was found Monday morning in Santa Ana, next to an auto shop's pickup truck with a large amount of blood inside, died as a result of "gastrointestinal issues," according to police. ... More >>
UPDATE, DEC. 28, 11:08 A.M.: The Orange County District Attorney's office declined to file charges against Sean Brown and his girlfriend Amy Johnson, according to MSNBC.ORIGINAL POST, DEC. 27, 12:59 P.M.: In the wake of the brutal murder of Nicole Brown Simpson, her sister Denise Brown of Dana Po ... More >>
UPDATE, DEC. 7, 4:33 P.M.: 20-year-old Brenda Romero was walking back home after dropping off food to her boyfriend around 6 p.m. Thursday when she met her end, according to Santa Ana Police.Witnesses saw a a tall man in a hoodie clutching her by the arm and holding a handgun against her as she w ... More >>
Update, October 21, 7:50 P.M.: The Santa Ana Police Department sent out a press release this evening stating that Occupy Orange County protesters won't be able to camp on city property. The release states that though the police will continue to work with protesters to ensure their first amendm ... More >>
Sixteen-year-old Alberto David Miller was sitting on the front steps of a home in the 300 block of East Washington Street in Santa Ana Sunday night when another teen walked by. Words were exchanged about the teens' rival rangs. Then the other guy whipped out a handgun and blasted several shots a ... More >>
Update, Jan. 18, 4:07 p.m.: There was a mistake in the original post about an anti-Catholic hate message sprayed on an Anaheim church wall and racist hate graffiti sprayed on a wall outside a county office in Santa Ana. We wrote that the incidents--both discovered on Jan. 11--were apparently un ... More >>
More than two months after 14-year-old Eddie Jurado Duran was found dead in the driver's seat of a stolen car parked in a Santa Ana alley, two teens believed to have been occupants in the vehicle have been arrested for his murder.Because of boys' ages--15 and 16--they have not been identified.
UPDATE: Victim's identification, mugshot and new details throughout.Courtesy of SAPDAlejandro David SanchezTwo men walked into Panaderia La Chapina, 2230 W. Edinger Ave., Santa Ana, around 7:40 p.m. Wednesday, passed others inside the bakery and zeroed in on Alejandro David Sanchez, who was makin ... More >>
Santa Ana Police have ruled out homicide as the cause of death of Rosemarie Sylvia Lopez, the 57-year-old found early Wednesday next to a wheelchair and behind a bus bench at First and Center streets. She died of either natural causes or a drug overdose, police now say.
When Santa Ana Police earlier this month arrested 66-year-old Pinkey Badgett on suspicion of possessing computer files and "boxes and boxes" of videos and photographs depicting child pornography, a department spokesman reached out to the public in hopes of locating possible molestation victims.Th ... More >>
UPDATED: The murder victim is identified. So is the murder suspect (updates throughout) . . . Santa Ana Police received reports of shots fired in the 500 block of West St. Andrew Place just after 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Officers arrived to find a white SUV with the target of that gunfire inside: 19-yea ... More >>
Santa Ana Police have little to go on but this: 14-year-old Eddie Jurado Duran was found shot to death Wednesday night in the driver's seat of a stolen red 1990 Toyota Camry.His grandfather had called the cops just after 10 p.m. to report the young gang member had been killed, which led offices t ... More >>
The first of two shootings six hours apart on the same Santa Ana street Thursday night resulted in the death of Frankie Sandoval.Police say the 18-year-old Santa Ana man was shot in the head, most likely by a gang member.
Jorge Alejandro LopezUPDATE: DA's statement on Jorge Alejandro Lopez's arraignment paints a much more senseless killing, reveals victim was a married father (see end of post) . . .Witnesses called Santa Ana Police around 4:30 p.m. Saturday regarding a homeless man lying on the sidewalk in the 30 ... More >>
UPDATE: Victim identified, DA announces sentence sought against her husband, updates throughout . . .Santa Ana Police say Michael Eugene Upton told them he and his wife lost their jobs, burned through their cash and were about to be evicted. Fearing life on the streets, he is said to have told co ... More >>
UPDATE: Police identified the man killed by officers (details below) . . . flickr user rikroseBang!Armed men walked into El Metate Market near Bristol Street and Edinger Avenue in Santa Ana before 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and snatched the purse of a woman shopping with her husband.The hubby tussled wit ... More >>