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Man charged with murder of 12-year-old in high-speed crash

WESTMINSTER – Prosecutors on Monday charged a man with murdering a 12-year-old girl and seriously injuring her brother and mother in a high-speed crash while fleeing police.

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Defendant Aleksandar Apostolovic, 26, appears for his arraignment at the West Justice Center in Westminster on charges including murder stemming from a high speed chase that resulted in the death of a 12-year-old girl. EUGENE GARCIA, , EUGENE GARCIA, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Superior Court Judge Thomas Borris appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Aleksandar Apostolovic, 26, of Santa Ana, after finding Apostolovic could not afford a lawyer.

A bearded and handcuffed Apostolovic appeared briefly in a mustard-colored Orange County jail outfit at the West Justice Center in Westminster before Borris agreed to continue his arraignment to May 9.

Apostolovic is charged with several felonies, including murder, aggravated assault on a peace officer, and hit-and-run causing death or permanent injury, plus sentencing enhancements for a prior strike conviction for first-degree burglary in 2008 and multiple prison priors.

Vivian Nguyen was killed when authorities say Apostolovic crashed into the mini-van driven by her mother when he fled Thursday afternoon from Westminster officers who tried to pull him over in marked police cars with their lights activated.

Apostolovic is accused of driving a Chevrolet Suburban and crashing into the front of a police car before fleeing. The Suburban later crashed into two vehicles, including one carrying Vivian and her brother, William, 13, who was hospitalized along with their mother, Helen. Both are expected to recover.

Apostolovic fled on foot after the crash and was arrested around midnight Thursday, authorities said.

If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of more than 35 years to life in prison. Bail was set at $1 million.

Source: www.ocregister.com

By VIK JOLLY/ THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

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Man arrested in stabbing at Westminster sports bar

WESTMINSTER – A man was arrested on suspicion of stabbing a bar employee twice in the chest at the Players Lounge Bar in Westminster, police said.

James Van Dang, 36, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of attempted murder after he was seen getting into a vehicle near his home at Beach and Westminster boulevards, Westminster police Sgt. Cameron Knauerhaze said.

Dang is being held at Orange County Jail in lieu of $530,000. He is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

The employee was stabbed about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday at the bar in the 7800 block of Westminster Boulevard while he was trying to walk out Dang, who was reportedly intoxicated and bothering two female customers, Knauerhaze said.

The employee, 31, was hospitalized in critical but stable condition. His attacker, later identified as Dang, fled on foot.

Detectives interviewed witnesses and developed leads that led them to Dang. After the arrest, detectives searched his home and found a knife believed to have been used in the crime, Knauerhaze said.

The investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information about the crime was asked to call police at 714-548-3750 or leave an anonymous tip by calling Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS.

Source: www.ocregister.com

By DENISSE SALAZAR / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

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