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One man dead in Buena Park stabbing

Police and paramedics found two men critically injured outside an apartment complex Monday night.
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BUENA PARK – One man was killed and another is in critical condition after stabbings at an apartment complex Monday night that police believe to be gang-related, authorities said.

The altercation was reported in the 6000 block of Fullerton Avenue just after 10:30 p.m., Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi said.

 Paramedics arrived at the apartment complex to find two men with critical injuries, he said, including one who went into full cardiac arrest.

Firefighters received the call as a possible shooting but found the men injured with what appeared to be stab wounds, Concialdi said.

Daniel Antonio Herrera, 25, of Buena Park was pronounced dead at 11:21 p.m. at UCI Medical Center in Orange, Buena Park police Cpl. Andy Luong said.

The other man was found on a lawn, just a few feet from the first man, Concialdi said. He was also taken to UCI Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition.

The men knew each other, but a motive for the stabbings was not immediately known, Luong said. Police don’t know what sparked the apparent confrontation, but believe it was gang-related.

About noon, detectives served a search warrant at a residence on Poinsettia Drive near Stanton Avenue.

Three males were detained, Luong said, and are being interviewed about the stabbings. No arrests have been reported.

 

Staff writer Sean Emery contributed to this report.

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By SALVADOR HERNANDEZ  / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

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Man arrested off 73 after chase that hit 130 mph

orange county bail bondsSANTA ANA – Police arrested a Los Angeles man early Wednesday morning after a high-speed chase that began after his ex-girlfriend reported he had kidnapped and assaulted her.

Salvador Bernal, 43, was arrested on suspicion of evading arrest, said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana Police Department, and El Monte authorities are investigating him in connection with the woman’s reports.

Officials first received a 911 call around 12:30 a.m. from a woman who said her ex-boyfriend had taken her from El Monte and held her against her will, Bertagna said. She also said he had stabbed her, Bertagna said.

She was able to get out of the man’s silver 1998 Mercedes sedan when he stopped for gas at North Bristol Street and West Memory Lane, Bertagna said, and she asked a person in the shopping complex for help calling police. When officers arrived, she gave them a description of her ex-boyfriend and his car, Bertagna said.

Officers found the man in the vehicle parked about 50 yards away and followed him as he got onto the freeway. An Orange County Sheriff’s Department helicopter also followed the Mercedes as it moved from the southbound I-5 to the southbound 55, at times reaching 130 mph, Bertagna said. At the transition to the 73 toll road, the driver spun out and hit a guard rail, Bertagna said, which allowed the pursuing vehicles to catch up. The Mercedes continued on without tires, eventually crashing at Moulton Parkway.

After the second crash, Bernal was taken into custody without further incident, Bertagna said.

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By CLAUDIA KOERNER  / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

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Kelly Thomas trial: Training officer saw no violations in video

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A security camera captured much of the confrontation between Fullerton police officers and Kelly Thomas at the Fullerton bus depot.
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SANTA ANA – The training officer for Fullerton police testified Tuesday that he saw nothing contrary to department policy when he watched the video of the fatal encounter between officers and the homeless Kelly Thomas.

Cpl. Stephen Rubio told a jury that he provided use-of-force and tactical training to Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli, the two former officers on trial in the death of Thomas.

Rubio said he felt Ramos issued what he called a conditional threat when he snapped on a pair of latex gloves while questioning Thomas in a downtown parking lot and said, “Now see my fists? They’re getting ready to f— you up.” Those words, Rubio said, were intended to get Thomas to comply with Ramos’ lawful orders and were preferable to a physical confrontation.

“The profanity might be a little off-color and maybe a slight policy violation,” Rubio testified. “But if they prevented a use of force … it (was) for the greater good.”

He added that while it is preferable not to use profanity, “sometimes it is necessary to avoid a physical fight.”

Prosecutors contend that Ramos on July 5, 2011, escalated a routine questioning into violence with the gloves and the message that Thomas was about to be beaten.

Within seconds of those comments, Thomas, 37, was taken to the ground, struck with batons and a Taser, and rendered unconscious. He died five days later when life support was removed.

Under cross-examination from Orange County Assistant District Attorney Jim Tanizaki, Rubio said it was possible that certain words can create a hostile environment and lead to a physical confrontation. “You are trained not to use threatening words,” he said.

Ramos, 39, is charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. Cicinelli, 42, who used a Taser first to jolt a struggling Thomas and then to strike him on his face, is charged with involuntary manslaughter and assault under color of authority.

The confrontation was captured by a police surveillance camera mounted on a pole at the Fullerton Transportation Center. The 33-minute video has become the focal point in the trial before Orange County Superior Court Judge William Froeberg.

Defense attorney Michael Schwartz contends Cicinelli resorted to using his Taser to strike Thomas only after the electrical charges did not subdue him and Thomas tried to grab the Taser.

Rubio, under questioning from Schwartz, agreed that it is a dangerous situation when someone attempts to take a weapon during an encounter. “You need to retain your weapon for your own safety and everyone else’s safety,” he said.

Cicinelli’s use of his hard plastic Taser, Rubio added, was consistent with his training and not out of policy.

The trial resumes Wednesday.

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By LARRY WELBORN   / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

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One man dead in Buena Park stabbing

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BUENA PARK – One man was killed and another is in critical condition after stabbings at an apartment complex Monday night, authorities said.

The incident was reported in the 6000 block of Fullerton Avenue just after 10:30 p.m., said Capt. Steve Concialdi of the Orange County Fire Authority.

Paramedics arrived at the apartment complex to find two men with critical injuries, he said, including one who went into full cardiac arrest.

Firefighters received the call as a possible shooting, but found the men injured with what appeared to be stab wounds, Concialdi said.

One of the men was found on the sidewalk near the apartment complex in grave condition, he said.

Firefighters performed CPR at the scene, 

Concialdi said.

He was pronounced dead at 11:21 p.m. at UCI Medical Center in Orange, according to the coroner’s office.

The other man was 

He was also taken to UCI Medical Center, where he remains in critical condition, he said.found on a lawn, just a few feet from the first man, Concialdi said.

The men’s identities have not been released.

What led to the men’s injuries was not immediately known.

More information to come.

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By BROOKE EDWARDS STAGGS  / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

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Men reportedly carjacked by armed robbers in Santa Ana

SANTA ANA – Two men were forced off the road, robbed and carjacked by armed bandits midday Saturday, police say.

The victims were driving in the 4700 block of West 1st Street at around 11:30 a.m. when a gray Toyota Camry cut them off, said Sgt. Richard Shin with the Santa Ana Police Department.

A passenger exited the Camry and confronted the driver of the gray 2009 Chevy Silverado, Shin said, lifting his shirt to reveal a handgun in his waistband. The man took $800 from the driver of the pickup truck.

Meanwhile, a second person exited the Camry and confronted the passenger in the Silverado, Shin said, stealing another $400.

One of the robbers then got in the victim’s Silverado while the other robber returned to the Camry. Both men took off, Shin said, leaving the two victims on the roadside.

Neither victim was hurt in the exchange.

Police are searching for two Latino males in their 30s, one wearing a black jacket, Shin said. He said there’s no indication the carjackers knew the victims or that the incident was connected to any previous crimes.

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By BROOKE EDWARDS STAGGS  / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

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Driver, passenger ID’d in fatal Huntington Beach crash

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Tuesday morning a sidewalk memorial was growing at the intersection of Ellis and Main Street in Huntington Beach where 17-year-old Kiany Garcia and 19-year-old Robert Ruiz died Monday morning when their car hit a palm tree in front of a restaurant at the site. The two occupants of the 2007 Honda Civic were pronounced dead at the scene.
BRUCE CHAMBERS, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

HUNTINGTON BEACH – The Orange County coroner’s office has identified two teenagers who died Monday morning when their car struck a tree.

Irvine resident Robert Ruiz, 19, was driving the 2007 Honda Civic westbound on Ellis Avenue around 5:20 a.m., officials said. Kiany Garcia, 17, was a passenger. Officials have not said where Garcia was from.

As the car turned to go southbound on Main Street, Ruiz lost control and the car struck a tree, officials said. Police said it appeared speed was a factor in the crash, and the impact split the car in two.

Investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing, including toxicology tests to determine if the driver was impaired by drugs or alcohol, said Lt. Mitch O’Brien. Any witnesses with information may contact the Huntington Beach Police Department at 714-536-5666.

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By CLAUDIA KOERNER  / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

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Man accused of running brothels in Irvine, Torrance

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Gao Yang Zhou, 34, Rowland Heights, is charged with running brothels in Irvine and Torrance.
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A Rowland Heights man was arraigned Friday in state court in Santa Ana for operating a brothel out of an apartment in Irvine and another such operation in Torrance.

Gao Yang Zhou, 34, was charged with 12 counts, including conspiracy to commit pimping and pandering. If convicted on all charges, he could face a maximum of 11 years and eight months in state prison.

A co-defendant, Yuzhen Xie, 32, also of Rowland Heights, faces the same charges and sentence as Zhou and is currently a fugitive.

Zhou is due in court for a pre-trial hearing Dec. 20.

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By CHRISTOPHER EARLEY   / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

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