Garden Grove

Four are killed, two injured in crime spree

A 33-YEAR-OLD man was arrested Wednesday in connection with the death of four people in Garden Grove and Santa Ana, and the wounding of two others (Shutterstock).

In one of the most violent crime sprees in local history, on a path that stretched from Garden Grove to Santa Ana, four people were killed Wednesday and two more wounded by a knife-wielding assailant.

According to Lt. Carl Whitney of the GGPD, the rampage started at 4:09 p.m. in Garden Grove and ended with the suspect’s arrest at 6:25 p.m. in Santa Ana.

“These were random acts of violence,” said Lt. Whitney. “Our suspect was not involved with any of the victims.”

Taken into custody was a 33-year-old Hispanic Garden Grove man.

The victims are listed as (names withheld pending notification of next of kin):

  • Garden Grove homicide victim #1: male, Caucasian, 62;
  • Garden Grove homicide victim #2: male, Hispanic, age not determined
  • Attempted homicide stabbing victim #3: female Hispanic, 54
  • Attempted homicide stabbing victim #4: male Hispanic, 44
  • Santa Ana homicide victim #5: male Hispanic, age not determined
  • Santa Ana homicide victim #6: male Caucasian, security guard, age not determined.

The crimes included a burglary and two fatal stabbings at 12162 Jentges Ave. in Garden Grove, an armed robbery at a bakery at 13040 Chapman Ave. in Garden Grove, robberies at a check-cashing business at 12845 Chapman Ave. in Garden Grove and an insurance office at 13321 Harbor Blvd. in Garden Grove where a victim had been stabbed with machete-style knives and had his nose nearly severed off.

Witnesses said the attacker left the scene towards Santa Ana in silver Mercedes.

A man in a Subway restaurant at 3835 W. First Street on Santa Ana was fatally stabbed and across the street at a 7-11 store, detectives located a car matching the description of the suspect vehicle. As the suspect left the store, he was confronted by the detectives and taken into custody.

Within the store was a security guard who had suffered multiple stab wounds and later died from his injuries.

NOTE: This is a developing story. A press conference is scheduled for Thursday (today) afternoon at which more information will be released.


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