Garden Grove

UPDATE: woman killed in purse-snatch

THREE MEN were arrested in connection with a purse-snatch attempt that resulted in the death of a Santa Ana woman in Garden Grove on Wednesday (Shutterstock).

The names of the victim and the three suspects in Wednesday’s fatal strong-arm robbery and homicide were released by the Garden Grove Police Department Thursday (today).

The victim is Nga Ngoc Nguyen, 32, a woman from Santa Ana (not Westminster, as was previously believed).

The suspects are:

  • Gregory Anthony Walker, 19, of Los Angeles. He was booked at Orange County Jail in Santa Ana for murder and robbery
  • Giovanni Solomon Guy, 20, of Los Angeles. He was booked at Orange County Jail for murder and robbery
  • Brad Maurice Brown, 19, of Hawthorne. He was booked at Orange County Jail for robbery.

“Mug shot” booking photos were not released pending the follow-up investigation.

Nguyen suffered fatal injuries during an attempted nurse-snatching at a shopping center near the intersection of Brookhurst Street and Westminster Avenue Wednesday morning.

Clinging to her nurse, Nguyen was dragged and then run over by the speeding suspect vehicle, which fled into Los Angeles County before finally being apprehended.


A 32-year-old [Santa Ana] woman is dead and three suspects are in custody after a purse-snatching attempt in Garden Grove turned into a fatal collision, followed by a freeway chase and the arrests.

According to Lt. Carl Whitney of the GGPD, the incident took place around 9:45 a.m. in the parking lot of a shopping center in the 13900 block of Brookhurst Street near Westminster Avenue.

Three men approached a woman and tried to steal her purse. In the course of the struggle, she was run over by their car and suffered fatal injuries, dying at a local trauma center.

The suspects fled north on Brookhurst Street toward the Garden Grove Freeway.  By coincidence, undercover detectives from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department were at the site, conducting surveillance on the three, who are suspected of robberies.

The LASD gave chase and a sheriff’s helicopter followed the vehicle into Los Angeles County, where it was abandoned in the area of the 110 Freeway and Century Boulevard and were arrested shortly after.

The three suspects, described only as “male adults” were arrested and brought back to Garden Grove for questioning.

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