By the time the smoke cleared from a domestic disturbance call in Laguna Niguel Tuesday night, a 21-year-old resident had been shot dead by an Orange County sheriff's deputy and his mother, roommate and another deputy had been stabbed. Connor Bishop Zion was pronounced dead at the scene by Orange C ... More >>
Justin Alvin Masao Tombleson escaped murder counts when the 30-year-old Lake Forest resident was convicted in May of voluntary manslaughter in the fatal stabbings of a Santa Margarita Catholic High School hockey coach and his friend in 2011. But the sentence Tombleson received today was still stiff ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post identifying three adults who have been arrested for the boy's fatal stabbing and the disclosure that an unnamed juvenile was also held.ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 24, 9:12 A.M.: A 14-year-old boy died early Saturday from stab wounds he suffered hours hours earlier at t ... More >>
A man who is not enrolled at UC Irvine stabbed another man during a fight at a party on campus early today, according to UCI officials.The victim's wounds are not considered life-threatening, and UCI police are still looking for the 22-year-old suspect, according to the university.
A Lake Forest man is scheduled to face trial this morning for fatally stabbing a Santa Margarita Catholic High School hockey coach and his friend who'd been standing in line at a Mexican joint in town when a fight broke out.Justin Alvin Masao Tombleson, 30, faces up to 67 years to life in state pris ... More >>
The trial of suspected serial killer Itzcoatl "Izzy" Ocampo likely will not begin until May 2014.While the 25-year-old Yorba Linda man accused of fatally stabbing a mother, her adult son and four homeless men has a Nov. 1 court date, his attorneys asked an Orange County Superior Court judge today fo ... More >>
An 18-year-old--who at 15 was charged as an adult for the murder of a La Habra teen beaten and stabbed to death at a Halloween night 2009 house party--pleaded guilty last week to voluntary manslaughter with a sentencing enhancement for gang activity.Rene Antonio Lobos, also of La Habra, was immediat ... More >>
See Update Nos. 3-4 on page 2 with the charges prosecutors have filed against three men in this case.See Update Nos. 1-2 on the next page identifying the dead man and the two men arrested for his murder.ORIGINAL POST, MARCH 11, 2:10 P.M.: A 19-year-old man was fatally stabbed Saturday night in an at ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post with police saying Richard Swartz fatally stabbed himself.ORIGINAL POST, MARCH 19, 9:44 A.M.: A man found stabbed and bleeding in a gas station driveway in Anaheim this morning died a short time later at UCI Medical Center in Orange.The clerk at the Mobil on Li ... More >>
A Santa Ana man with a history of crime and a restraining taken out by his mother for the violence directed at her received the maximum sentence today for the second degree murder of her house guest, who was stabbed in the chest with a pocket knife.Saul Jose Salazar, 29, was sentenced to 16 years t ... More >>
A man with a history of crime and a restraining taken out by his mother for the violence directed at her is scheduled to stand trial today for murdering her house guest.Saul Jose Salazar, 29, of Santa Ana, could get up to 16 years to life in state prison if he is convicted of murdering 33-year-old L ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post explaining why the deceased's husband has been released from custody.ORIGINAL POST, NOV. 5, 12:30 P.M.: Macaria Finefield was accused of killing a pregnant woman by stabbing her in the belly in 1974.On Saturday, the 71-year-old Santa Ana resident became a fatal ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post with the dead young man's name and a college staff member's accusation of local media racism.ORIGINAL POST, OCT. 1, 9 A.M.: Two men walking along West Ball Road near South Roberts Street in Anaheim early Saturday discovered a man who had been stabbed and was cl ... More >>
Elizabeth Cuevas Villanueva, the craziestex-girlfriend ever, was sentenced today to 17 years in state prison after pleading guilty to hiding in the back seat of her estranged boyfriend's Mercedes-Benz parked in a church parking lot and, after he climbed in, repeatedly stabbing him with an ice pick i ... More >>
See update at the end of this post on the arrest of Joseph Robert Suess.ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 30, 9:10 A.M.: Anaheim Police received an anonymous call shortly after midnight today about a possible burglary in progress in the 800 block of North Zeyn Street near Anaheim Boulevard.Officers arrived short ... More >>
Shazer Fernando Limas, who is accused of stabbing his girlfriend and their two children to death in Orange on April 13, pleaded not guilty at his continued arraignment today.But a question remains: Where are the boys?
Orange County's grand jury has indicted 17-year-old Ryan Nichols Coale for March's fatal stabbing of a visiting teen on an athletic court at Sycamore Junior High School in Anaheim. Coale, who is being tried as an adult, was indicted on one felony count of murder and a sentencing enhancement for th ... 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 >>
The death penalty will be sought against Yorba Linda 24-year-old Itzcoatl "Izzy" Ocampo, the accused serial killer of four homeless men and a mother and grown son fatally stabbed etween October 25 and January 13, prosecutors announced today.Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas convened a ... More >>
UPDATE, MARCH 28, 12:56 P.M.: Though a jury earlier this month convicted Jason Balcom for the rape and murder of a newly arrived bride in Costa Mesa in 1988, the panel deadlocked 10-2 on whether the 42-year-old Michigan rape convict deserves the death penalty.Superior Court Judge Francisco Brisen ... More >>
UPDATE, MARCH 21, 2:17 P.M.: The Orange County District Attorney's (OCDA) office has announced the 17-year-old accused of fatally stabbing Edgar Cervantes, 19, of Riverside, in Anaheim Monday night will be tried as an adult.As such, the OCDA identified him as Ryan Nichols Coale of Anaheim.
UPDATE, FEB. 21, 11:40 A.M.: To give you the proper visual for this post, picture Itzcoatl "Izzy" Ocampo at right with an al Qaeda beard. That's how he appeared in a Santa Ana courtroom this morning when he pleaded not guilty to the stabbing-murders of a mother, her son and four homeless men sinc ... More >>
UPDATE, JAN. 25, 10:58 A.M.: Before the arrest of Itzcoatl Ocampo, the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the capture and conviction of a serial killer preying on homeless men. Union president Tom Dominguez is scheduled to hand Donny ... More >>
UPDATE, JAN. 16, 8:53 A.M.: The homeless man fatally stabbed behind an Anaheim Carl's Jr. Friday night has been identified by friends as 64-year-old John Berry. He's been described as a spiritual man who was so beloved by neighbors and patrons of businesses near where he was murdered at La Palma ... 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 >>
Jesse ShockeyUPDATE, JAN. 5, 4:50 P.M.: Police and prosecutors have not officially divulged what Jesse Shockey and Dylan James Austin were arguing about before 16-year-old Shockey allegedly stabbed 19-year-old Austin to death last month.But Flickr has.
2011 began in Orange County with Robert Sickles, 27, of Mission Viejo, being stabbed to death outside a New Year's Eve party in a Costa Mesa hotel.2012 almost began the same way, with a different victim, of course, but in the same city, only 4 1/2 miles from the New Year's Eve 2011 attack.
UPDATE, JAN. 2, 10:32 A.M.: The transient whose body was discovered Wednesday along the Santa Ana River Trail near the 91 freeway in Anaheim Hills has been identified as 42-year-old Lloyd Middaugh. The last known address for Middaugh, who was stabbed to death, was in Yorba Linda, but authorities ... More >>
The body of a homeless man was found near a puddle of blood at the base of a Yorba Linda Public Library stairwell Friday evening, and Brea Police homicide investigators believe 57-year-old Paulus Cornelius Smit was murdered.Cops were called out to a 5 p.m. report of a man down in an area behind t ... More >>
UPDATE, DEC. 27, 3:25 P.M.: An Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) statement on the charges against the suspected murderer of Huntington Beach's Dylan James Austin, 19, identifies him as Jesse Shockey, 16, of Garden Grove.The OCDA also reveals Shockey will be tried as an adult on one ... More >>
UPDATE, DEC. 22, 4:46 P.M.: Placentia Police identified the homeless man found stabbed to death as 53-year-old James MacGillivray, who beat officers knew slept in a camp at the north end of a strip shopping center where his body was found Wednesday morning. Thanks to surveillance cameras, cops al ... More >>
UPDATE, DEC. 7, 12:41 P.M.: 34-year-old Robert Eugene Vasquez is being held without bail as his defense attorney got his arraignment continued to Jan. 6 in the alleged special circumstances murder of his San Juan Capistrano mobile home park neighbor and the assault on a second man with a metal ob ... More >>
UPDATE, OCT. 25, 12:42 P.M.: The 28-year-old man who was stabbed to death early Saturday outside Fern's Bar on Fourth Street in Long Beach has been identified as the incredibly named Tommy Buck Whitson IV of Long Beach. Police have yet to identify the other 28-year-old, who suffered non-life thre ... More >>
Andrew UrdialesMore than 25 years after he allegedly stabbed Saddleback College drama student Robbin Brandley 41 times in an unlit campus parking lot, Andrew Urdiales is finally on his way to Orange County to face trial for her murder. Urdiales, 47, who was the subject of a Nov. 2007 OC Weekly fe ... More >>
Jeffrey Alec HendersonUPDATE, SEPT. 12, 8:39 A.M.: Costa Mesa Police investigators still are not releasing many details about a motive (or anything else) in the Aug. 30 stabbing death of 40-year-old Steven Craig DePhillips near Mesa Verde Country Club. However, it's been revealed that DePhillips ... More >>
Garden Grove police officers were on their way to the 8200 block of Acacia near Fern Street, where reports had come in of three or four people fighting in the street just after midnight, when a dispatcher informed over the radio that someone in the middle of the altercation had been stabbed. Cops ... More >>
Tombleson?UPDATE, JUNE 29, 2:42 P.M.: 28-yearold Justin Alvin Masao Tombleson pleaded not guilty this week to the murders-by-stabbing of Santa Margarita Catholic High School ice hockey conditioning coach Elvis Kechechian and his friend Hossein Saidoian.Tombleson is due back in court July 15, but ... More >>
Hossein SaidoianUPDATE, JUNE 23, 12:39 P.M.: Sheriff's officials indicated they would seek a second murder complaint against Justin Alvin Masao Tomblesongiven the June 16 death of Hossein Saidoian, and prosecutors confirmed this morning that those charges were filed. Tombleson, 28, of Lake Forest ... More >>
UPDATE, JUNE 15, 4:59 P.M.: 18-year-old Bryan "Moto" Ocampo of Anaheim could be sentenced to 26 years to life in state prison if he is convicted of the stabbing-murder of a seventh grader.Currently jailed on $1 million bail, Ocampo was charged today with one felony count of murder with a sentenc ... More >>
Courtesy of the OCDAAdam Randy Baker's booking photoUPDATE, FEB. 10, 5:36 P.M.: The case regarding a New Year's Eve murder and stabbing at a Costa Mesa hotel took a step forward this afternoon. Adam Randy Baker, 23, of Dana Point has been indicted by the Orange County Grand Jury on ... More >>
Courtesy of OCDAAdam Randy BakerUpdate, Jan. 13, 8:15 a.m.: Adam Randy Baker, who is accused of stabbing a man to death with a knife and hospitalizing another in the early hours of New Year's Day, is out of jail after paying his $1 million bail on Wednesday. After recovering for days in t ... More >>
Quang Van Quan better hope the Mayans were right, or he'll have a hell of a jail stay.On May 27, 2006, Quang Van Quan entered the Garden Grove home of Phuong Le, supposedly a friend he had made while in prison. Both were serving for robbery charges. The house-call wasn't a welcomed one. A ... More >>
Julian Sermano, the 58-year-old San Juan Capistrano man convicted in June of stabbing another man to death in a park after arguing over who was a better singer, was sentenced today to 16 years to life in state prison. If only Sing Sing was in California.
A house party was raging in the 300 block of West Bush Street in Anaheim just after midnight Sunday when things turned ugly.A fight broke out. Knives were whipped out. Much mayhem ensued.Two young men bolted out of the home and collapsed in a nearby alley. Both were 18. Both had been stabbed.
We here at the Weekly get along rather swell, with the biggest dust-ups usually caused by my loud voice whenever I do a radio interview. We're definitely no Taco Bell, and none of us would ever stab each other eight times in assorted body regions.
According to the charges against Gabriela Osorio, the 28-year-old Santa Ana woman lied to her boyfriend and family about being pregnant, befriended a woman who really was pregnant, told her boyfriend and family she gave birth, tried to kill the real new mom and kidnapped her supposed friend's bab ... More >>
UPDATE: Julian Sermano was convicted of murder today (details below . . .) A 58-year-old San Juan Capistrano man was convicted today of stabbing another man to death in a park after arguing over who was a better singer. A jury in Santa Ana found Julian Sermano guilty of one felony count of second ... More >>
flickr user greggoconnellTwo men got into an argument around 5 a.m. Wednesday in the 1900 block of West Walnut Street in Santa Ana.Minutes later, police got a call about someone being assaulted on the same spot near First Street and the Orange County General Relief agency.Officers arrived to fin ... More >>
UPDATE: Orange County District Attorney lays out the charges against young mother on eve of her arraignment (details at end of post) . . . Wikipedia CommonsA young mother who told her parents she was not feeling well was taken to a local hospital, where doctors determined she had just given birth ... More >>
UPDATE: The Oange County District Attorney's Office reveals the charges against the accused (details below) . . . View Larger MapUPDATED THROUGHOUT: The Orange County District Attorney's Office filed charges today against Janeth Hernandez, the 29-year-old Santa Ana woman accused of stabbing her husb ... More >>