SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – A man and woman were killed and an 8-year-old boy injured early Sunday at an upscale San Juan Capistrano home, and investigators have not yet identified a suspect.
Sheriff’s officials would not identify the victims but said someone called 911 from inside the home in the 32000 block of Peppertree Bend about 1:52 a.m.
The boy was transported to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo with serious injuries but is expected to survive, said Capt. Steve Concialdi, spokesman for Orange County Fire Authority.
Lt. Jeff Hallock, spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, said investigators are looking at all aspects of the victims’ lives as they search for clues about whether someone targeted them or entered the home at random.
Hallock declined to release details about the victims or the nature of their injuries, citing the ongoing investigation.
Neighbor Patty Bonin said a couple live in the home and owned a business in San Juan and had dogs and “lots of kids.”
According to FBI crime statistics, the last homicide in San Juan Capistrano was in 2011. There were two that year, according to the statistics.
The cul-de-sac in the northwest area between Golden Lantern and Del Obispo streets is one of the city’s most exclusive neighborhoods, with about 15 homes worth millions of dollars.
Crime tape blocked the street in front of the home for most of Sunday as homicide detectives combed the area for clues. A judge signed a search warrant that allowed them access about 1:30 p.m. Investigators estimated the home to be about 16,000 square feet.
Curious onlookers questioned how such a crime could occur on such a quiet street.
“This is exactly why people move here, to get away from that,” said Charis Burrett, who lives in San Juan with her husband, Luke. “It’s shocking. It’s why you get an alarm and batten down the hatches.”
BY MEGHANN M. CUNIFF / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
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