The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a homicide in the city of Stanton.
Friday morning at approximately 10 a.m. O.C. Sheriff Deputies were called to the 12000 block of Leafwood Street in the city of Stanton regarding a suspicious vehicle. The vehicle, a silver sedan, was parked along the curb on Leafwood. The vehicle’s driver side window was smashed and there was blood on the exterior. Upon examination of the vehicle, deputies discovered a deceased male adult in the trunk of the vehicle.
Homicide investigators responded to the scene. The Orange County Coroner then worked to determine a preliminary cause and time of death. How the victim died, and if the death occurred at another location remain under investigation.
The man who was found dead in the trunk of a car in Stanton was identified on Saturday as a 31-year-old Irvine resident, Jeffrey Cheng.
If you have any information to aid in the investigation, please contact OCSD at 714-647-7000. Anonymous tips can be reported to OC Crime Stoppers at 1-855-TIP-OCCS.
Irvine, Calif. (Feb. 27, 2019) – Irvine Police Department Detectives have arrested a sexual assault suspect who was caught trying to flee the country. Gaoyang “Gary” Li, 20, was apprehended at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, February 22. Detectives believe he was attempting to return to China.
The case against Li began on January 29, when a 16-year-old victim reported a sexual assault. The victim reported that on September 9, 2018, she met Li on the Chinese dating app Tan Tan. They had further communication on the WeChat app and agreed to meet. The victim reported that Li forced her to perform oral sex. On January 29, Li again contacted the victim via Tan Tan and demanded money under the threat that he would post a video of the sexual assault on social media and send it to the victim’s friends and family. Li is also suspected in another sexual battery case in Irvine.
On February 6, 2019, Li was located on the UCI campus and arrested. He was subsequently released from custody while further investigative follow-up was conducted. When Detectives learned of his plans to travel out of the country on February 22, they located and arrested him. He is being held at Orange County Jail on $1 million bail.
Irvine Police Detectives believe there may be other victims in this case. Anyone who believes they have been a victim is urged to contact Detective Gavin Hudson at 949-724-7168 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Victim identities will be kept confidential. IPD will provide translation services upon request.
SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was extradited from Spain to face fraud charges for embezzlement of $3.2 million in public funds from a charter school in Santa Ana. Emilio Vazquez, 61, Irvine, was charged on March 3, 2009, with one felony count of misappropriation of public funds, one felony count of forgery, seven felony counts of conflict of interest in a contract, two felony counts of grand theft, and sentencing enhancements for aggravated white collar crime over $500,000 and fraud or embezzlement over $500,000. Vazquez faces a maximum sentence of 19 years and eight months in state prison. He is in custody on $3.12 million bail and must prove the money came from a legal source before posting bail. Vazquez is scheduled for a continued arraignment on Feb. 22, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana.
From 2002 to 2006, Vazquez was the executive director of Albor Charter School in Santa Ana. The Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) and Franchise Tax Board investigated this case following an audit in 2007. Charges were filed in 2009 and an arrest warrant was issued for Mr. Vazquez in the amount of $2 million dollars by the Orange County Superior Court on March 30, 2009.
Vazquez was located in Spain, and in September 2009, the U.S. Department of Justice submitted a request to Spain for his extradition. In April 2010, his extradition was approved for the above listed charges. While Vazquez was released on bail in Spain, he fled to China and was not surrendered to the United States.
Vazquez was deported from China to Spain in 2019 and surrendered to the United States Marshals pursuant to his extradition order. Vazquez arrived in Orange County on Feb. 8, 2019, and was booked into the Orange County Jail.
Deputy District Attorney Nick Miller of the Major Fraud Unit is prosecuting this case.
The Irvine Police Department is looking for a male suspect who violently attacked and tried to rape a woman who was doing janitorial work at an office in Irvine, according to KTLA.
The attack happened early on Wednesday morning, February 6, 2019, at 1:20 a.m., at an office located at 17877 Von Karman Ave. The suspect entered the facility through an unlocked door.
The suspect was carrying a skateboard. He walked up to the victim and then he asked her in Spanish if she was alone. After she said yes, the man made sexually suggestive remarks and ordered the victim to have sex with him, according to the Irvine Police.
The woman refused and she then threatened to call the police. However the attacker then pulled out a gun and pointed it at her, as captured in surveillance video that was released by the Irvine police.
The attacker shoved his victim into another room and then tried by force to take off her clothing. The victim however first begged for her life then tried to fight off her attacker, according to unreleased video footage.
Fortunately the woman was in the end able to overpower her attacker, who was slight of frame and she even disarmed him. She then fled to a nearby building for help.
The man escaped before the police could arrive. The officers did find the weapon, which turned out to be a replica Glock.
The victim told the police that the suspect also had a knife.
The victim had bruises and scratches due to the assault but escaped serious injury.
The suspect is described as a male Hispanic, 20 to 25 years old, about 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighing 130 to 140 pounds, according to the Irvine police.
The suspect has black hair, brown eyes and he wore glasses during the attack. He was dressed in a gray hooded sweatshirt, black pants and a black knit cap with the letter “P” on the front.
Anyone who recognizes the suspect is asked to contact Detective Haldor Larum by calling 949-724-7194 or emailing him at email@example.com.
Irvine, Calif. (January 25, 2019) – A foot pursuit Wednesday ended in the arrest of a suspect tied to at least nine residential burglaries in Irvine. Ismail Luqman Wasi, 20, of Irvine is suspected of breaking into homes in University Park and other areas, sometimes while residents were at home. The Irvine Police Department has recovered much of the tens of thousands of dollars of property Wasi stole since his spree began in December.
At 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, a resident on Gillman was awakened by sounds coming from a nearby room. The resident went to investigate and found the suspect holding her laptop computer. The suspect fled the home. The resident called police, who set up a search for the suspect.
After fleeing the home on Gillman, the suspect broke into homes on Dewberry and Sandburg Way. He was then seen on Montanas Norte, near Rancho San Joaquin Golf Course. Police were alerted to this activity and closed in on the suspect. Around 7:25 a.m., Wasi was spotted by police and a brief foot pursuit ensued before he was taken into custody.
At the time of the arrest, Wasi had property in his possession from the burglary on Gillman, as well as from a December burglary at San Leon apartments. Later, detectives located a storage unit belonging to Wasi that contained stolen property from previous residential burglaries.
Wasi is believed to have entered the residences he burglarized through unlocked doors. He is being held on $1 million bail. Wasi may be linked to more burglaries in the City. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Irvine Police Department Detective Justin Brouwer at 949-724-7124 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SANTA ANA, Ca. (January 11, 2019) – Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigators arrested a man yesterday suspected of committing multiple rapes in the 1990s, including the kidnapping and rape of a 9-year-old girl in Lake Forest. The man was identified utilizing techniques similar to the methods used to identify the Golden State Killer.
The man, Kevin Konther, 53, of Highland, Calif., was arrested yesterday at his home on suspicion of kidnapping and raping at least two victims. The first victim, a 9-year-old girl, was walking home from a convenience store at 6:40 p.m. in Lake Forest on October 21, 1995, when a man grabbed the girl and pulled her into a wooded area inside Serrano Creek Park. The man raped her, and then released her. The girl ran home to report the sexual assault to her parents, who immediately called the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Despite an exhaustive search, the suspect was not located. DNA evidence was collected during a sexual assault exam, but did not match anyone is the existing database. The girl was able to provide details to the investigators to create a sketch of the suspect.
The second victim was a 31-year-old woman who was kidnapped and raped while jogging at 11:30 a.m. on June 2, 1998 on a trail in Mission Viejo near El Toro Road and Marguerite Parkway. The woman was grabbed from behind and pulled into the bushes, where the suspect raped her and fled the scene. The woman sought help from a passerby who called the Sheriff’s Department, but the suspect was not located. The suspect’s DNA was collected during a sexual assault exam, and the DNA was matched to the suspect from the 1995 rape. Despite having DNA from both suspects, all investigative leads ran cold.
The DNA collected was run through law enforcement databases by OCSD investigators and the Orange County Crime Lab multiple times over the course of the last 23 years with no results. Various investigators continued to work the case, hoping to solve these heinous crimes, but no suspect was identified.
In August 2018, OCSD investigators, working with the FBI’s Investigative Genealogy Team, employed techniques similar to those used to catch the Golden State Killer utilizing the DNA collected from the rapes.
In an unexpected turn, the genealogy led to two people, twin brothers. Investigators learned that the brothers were identical twins, meaning they share identical DNA. Yesterday, Sheriff’s Department investigators arrested both brothers based on probable cause. Subsequent information obtained by investigators determined that Kevin Konther is the suspect in both incidents. The twin brother was not released.
Konther was booked into Orange County Jail for two counts of felony rape, oral copulation with a person under 14, lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14, and aggravated sexual assault. He is being held on 1 million dollars bail. He is set to be arraigned on Monday, January 14, 2019.
Despite these cases occurring more than 20 years ago, investigators are asking the public who may have information related to this case to call Orange County Crime Stoppers at 1-855-TIP-OCCS or occrimestoppers.org.
Thank you to the FBI and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office for their involvement in this case.
Irvine, Calif. (Dec. 11, 2018) – The Irvine Police Department has arrested a suspect in an armed robbery that occurred Sunday in Irvine. Emanuel Demar Banks, 38, of Los Angeles, is also suspected in a string of robberies that occurred in Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Tustin, Santa Ana, Garden Grove and Westminster.
On Sunday, December 9, at approximately 7:38 p.m., Banks entered the Chevron gas station at 5425 Alton Parkway in Irvine. He brought an item to the counter, but instead of making a purchase, he brandished a gun and demanded money from the clerk. He took approximately $100 cash before fleeing.
During their investigation, Irvine Police Department Detectives were able to identify Banks and determine his whereabouts. On Tuesday, detectives located Banks in Gardena and took him into custody without incident. A search of the suspect’s hotel room revealed evidence related to the series of robberies that occurred in various Orange County cities on December 8 and 9.
The investigation in this case is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Matt Ricci at 949-724-7189 or email@example.com.
Case # 18WF2186
Date: October 4, 2018
SANTA ANA, Calif. – A woman was charged today with the special circumstances murder of her 92-year-old mother for financial gain in Huntington Beach.
Defendant: Cynthia Roberta Strange, 64, Irvine
Charged on Oct. 4, 2018, with: Continue reading
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Case # 18CF2383
DATE: August 28, 2018
*The defendant has a domestic relationship with the victim within the definition of Penal Code Section 137000(b)
SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was arraigned yesterday for pimping and pandering a 32-year-old woman in Newport Beach
Defendant: David Winslow Knaak, 51, Irvine
Charged on Aug. 23, 2018 with the following felony counts: Continue reading