UPDATE NO. 3, NOV. 9, 12:20 P.M.: Michael Anthony Aparicio is scheduled to be arraigned on a special circumstances murder charge today for allegedly strangling 61-year-old Floyd Taylor Jr. to death inside a Stanton motel room Halloween morning, the Orange County District Attorney's office announced. Aparicio, 27, of Anaheim, could get life in state prison without the possibility of parole if he is convicted of felony special circumstances murder with a sentencing enhancement allegation for murder during the commission of a robbery.
Around 6:15 a.m. on Oct. 31, Aparicio met Taylor inside his motel room at the Chester Inn in Stanton, where surveillance footage viewed later showed Taylor left his room alone but returned twice within the next hour, the OCDA says. After the last time Taylor returned, Aparicio allegedly wrapped a bungee cord around the older man's neck, strangled him, placed a pillow over the victim's face and pulled the bed covers up over the body before taking Taylor's wallet and fleeing the scene, prosecutors claim. Aparicio is accused of trying to use Taylor's Supplemental Security Income (SSI) card at a gas station in Garden Grove the next day, but the card was declined. Aparicio next allegedly gave the SSI card to an acquaintance, explaining he had found a wallet, states the OCDA, noting the acquaintance attempted to use the card at a bowling alley later that day. The prosecution statement makes no mention of Nicole Marie Aranda, who was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the Taylor slaying as well as outstanding warrants, the sheriff's department announced at the time. Aranda, 20, of Anaheim, remains in custody, according to jail records. Aparicio is to be arraigned some time today at the Central Jail in Santa Ana.
UPDATE NO. 2, NOV. 6, 11:08 A.M.: Floyd Keith Taylor Jr., the 61-year-old found dead Halloween morning in his room at Stanton's Chester Inn, was a registered sex offender, sheriff's homicide investigators confirmed for the Weekly. Online records indicate a man by that name and of that age was convicted in 2001 of lewd acts with a child under age 14 and released from custody in 2006.
UPDATE NO. 1, NOV. 6, 9:36 A.M.: Two people have been arrested in connection with the murder of Floyd Keith Taylor Jr., the 61-year-old found dead Halloween morning in his room at Stanton's Chester Inn, the Orange County Sheriff's Department announced. Video surveillance images from the area of the motel at 10890 Beach Blvd. led homicide investigators to suspect that Michael Anthony Aparicio, 27, and Nicole Marie Aranda, 20, both of Anaheim, were involved in Taylor being found bleeding with significant traumatic injuries to his upper body on Saturday, says Lt. Jeff Hallock, the sheriff's spokesman. Deputies located Aranda in Westminster on Wednesday, took her in for questioning and arrested her on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon for what went down in the motel as well as for outstanding warrants, "however, additional charges may be filed pending outcome of the ongoing investigation," Hallock says. She was jailed on a no-bail hold and was due in court today, according to court records. Gang Enforcement deputies found Aparicio sleeping in a car near Anaheim's Swietzer Park on Thursday, arrested him on suspicion of murder and booked him into Orange County Jail, where he was held in lieu of $1 million bail pending an arraignment hearing that's also scheduled for some time today, Hallock says. But, as the spokesman mentioned, this is an ongoing investigation, and anyone with more information is asked to call the sheriff's Homicide Unit at 714.647.7055 or 714.647.7000. Anonymous tips may also be left with Orange County Crime Stoppers 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".)
ORIGINAL POST, NOV. 3, 6:07 A.M.: A 61-year-old man who was found dead in a Stanton motel Halloween morning under suspicious circumstances has been identified as Floyd Taylor.
Sheriff's deputies were called just after 10:15 a.m. after an employee found the man's body in a room of the Chester Inn, 10890 Beach Boulevard.
"The victim was bleeding and suffered from numerous traumatic injuries," said Lt. Jeff Hallock, the sheriff's spokesman. "Homicide, crime scene and coroner investigators responded to process and collect evidence from the scene."
Anyone with information that can help investigators is asked to call the sheriff's Homicide Unit at 714.647.7055 or 714.647.7000. Anonymous tips may be left with Orange County Crime Stoppers 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".)