A 33-year-old man has been arrested after a
robbing and stabbing spree that left four dead and two injured in South
Authorities said that the man went on a
deadly crime spree, fatally stabbing four people and injuring two others in
what seemed to be a random, hate-fuelled series of attacks.
Lieutenant Carl Whitney of the Garden Grove
Police Department said that the man, unidentified, was taken to custody after
being arrested on Wednesday evening at a 7-Eleven convenience store in Santa
Ana, about 30 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles.
The man allegedly stabbed a woman at an
insurance company and two men at the Garden Grove apartment complex where he
lived. He also stabbed another man at a Santa Ana Subway restaurant, and a
security guard inside a 7-Eleven, police said.
Lieutenant Whitney also said authorities
were still compiling the suspect’s criminal history but noted that he had a
“violent past” and “gang associations.”
According to court records the man had been
arrested several times a few years back on several drug and gun charges. He had
also pleaded guilty to felony possession of an assault weapon in 2014. And in
2009 he was charged with domestic violence.
The police said they didn’t know the suspect’s motives for the homicides, but he was responsible for multiple robberies, some of which were connected to the killings.
Lieutenant Whitney said at a news
conference on late Wednesday night:
“It’s just pure hate — this guy did this.”
“We know this guy was full of anger and he
harmed a lot of people tonight.”
The deadly rampage began at 4 p.m. with the
burglary at an apartment complex in Garden Grove, next to Santa Ana in Orange
County, where the suspect lived.
At around 5 p.m., police were called back
to the same apartment complex. Authorities found two men with multiple stab
wounds, the same people who had initially reported the burglary.
One of the victims was pronounced dead at
the apartment complex’s balcony while the other died at a nearby hospital,
At about 5:40 p.m., a burglary was reported
at a check-cashing business in Garden Grove.
And shortly after 6 p.m., another robbery
was reported at an insurance business. An employee of the company had been
stabbed several times, but she’s expected to survive.
Afterward, the attacker confronted a man
pumping gas at a nearby Chevron gas station. The victim was stabbed so severely,
his “nose was nearly severed” off his face.
Then, the suspect drove his “silver
Mercedes” to a Subway restaurant where he disarmed and stabbed a security
According to Lieutenant Whitney, the
suspect’s only obvious motives of his crimes appeared to be “robbery, hate,
homicide.” The suspect, as well as his victims,
were all Hispanic.