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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