UPDATE, DEC. 6, 12:51 P.M.: Jason Joseph Becher has been charged with felony special circumstances murder with sentencing enhancements for murder by lying in wait and a prior strike conviction for assault with a deadly weapon in 2001, the Orange County District Attorney's office announced today. A conviction could send the Anaheim 41-year-old to state prison for life without the possibility of parole. The OCDA is now seeking his extradition to Orange County from Oregon, where Becher is in the custody of the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Debra Zdrazil, the sister of murder victim and Becher's ex-girlfriend Marylou Sarkissian, filed requests for restraining orders against him in July and August in Orange County Superior Court. Zdrazil indicated in court papers that Becher had a gun, repeatedly harassed her via texts and phone calls and that he tried to smear her reputation through false Internet advertisements that had strangers calling her, texting her and sending her offensive images. Court records show Becher texted Zdrazil in June to claim Sarkissian owed him $1,600, had cheated on him during a business trip and that she had better settle things with him or “shit is going to hit the fan.” Becher pleaded guilty in 2001 to four counts of corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant, assault with a deadly weapon or force likely to produce great bodily injury, false imprisonment and possession of marijuana for sale, all felony charges that originated in 1999. He copped in 2005 to inflicting corporal injury and to unlawful taking of a vehicle, both felonies. He was sentenced to three years and eight months in prison in the first case, six years and eight months in the joint for the second but, as the Times reports, it's unclear how long he actually served either time.
ORIGINAL POST, DEC. 5, 11:41 A.M.: A 41-year-old man was captured and arrested in Oregon on Saturday—one day after police launched a manhunt for the accused killer of a mother of three in Huntington Beach.
Jason Becher reportedly had a stormy relationship with the victim, 50-year-old Marylou Sarkissian, who was found dead in her home in the 9000 block of Litchfield Drive around 1 p.m. Friday. It has not yet been confirmed whether Becher also resided in the home.
An unidentified friend of Becher's had asked Huntington Beach cops to check on Sarkissian at the Litchfield home because of comments the suspect made, according to police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Marlatt.
The woman's 16-year-old son was home when officers arrived, but he had no idea his mother was dead, KCAL 9 reported from the scene. Her cause of death has not been disclosed.
The discovery of the body prompted an all-points bulletin in hopes of finding Becher, who was believed to be driving a white, 2015 four-door Lexus ES350 with California license plate 7MZP290, perhaps to the Anaheim area or Las Vegas.
Though Becher was arrested in Oregon, the Lexus, is still outstanding, according to authorities.