With three suspects in custody in lieu of at least $1 million bail each, the Anaheim Police Department sought the public's help Wednesday in tracking down a fourth suspect in the July 26 stabbing of a man who confronted a group of taggers.
The all-points bulletin is out for Jacob Antonio Weiss, 22, of Anaheim, according to police Sgt. Daron Wyatt said.
A 51-year-old man was driving his pickup in the 100 block of South Stinson Street about 9:30 p.m. when he saw vandals painting graffiti on an apartment, stopped, got out of the vehicle and told them to stop, according to Anaheim Police Sgt. Jonathan Yepes. The victim was stabbed multiple times and beaten before first responders had him taken to UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange in critical condition, Yepes added.
The man suffered a “life-altering injury,” according to Wyatt, who was not more specific about the injuries.
For the attack, Fernando Zaraterojo, 26, of Buena Park, is charged with attempted murder, aggravated mayhem, assault with a deadly weapon or force likely to produce great bodily injury, street terrorism and vandalism, all felonies. He also faces sentence-enhancing allegations of premeditation and deliberation in the attempted murder and gang activity and is being held in lieu of $1,015,000 bail.
Alfredo Gabriel Villegas, 25, of Los Alamitos, and Andrew Steven Morales, 25, of Anaheim, are charged with attempted murder, aggravated mayhem, assault with a deadly weapon or force likely to produce great bodily injury and street terrorism. They also face sentencing enhancements of premeditation and deliberation as well as gang activity. Each is being held on $1 million bail.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Weiss is asked to contact Orange County Crime Stoppers, even anonymously, at 855.847.6227 (855-TIP-OCCS), via occrimestoppers.org or by texting to 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S) from a cell phone. (All text messages should begin with the letters “OCCS”.)
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