OC CRIME SPREE: Police describe motive of 33 year-old suspect as “pure hate” after 4 people are stabbed to death, others injured between Garden Grove and Santa Ana — UPDATES on @ABC7 4-7am! @GardenGrovePD @SantaAnaPD pic.twitter.com/VTc2U82sqY— Marc Cota-Robles (@abc7marccr) August 8, 2019
“I’ve been a police officer for 30 years, and this is the first time I’ve ever seen a suspect kill four people and stab others,” Garden Grove Police Lt. Carl Whitney said. “It’s pure evil.” @Hannahnfry @LouisSahagunhttps://t.co/DWXXFkxmXu— Mark Puente (@MarkPuente) August 8, 2019
I have to assume it was an assault knife since he stabbed 6 people with it leaving 4 dead.
Zachary Castaneda, a gang member who should never have been let out of prison, carried out the attack.
A man who was "full of anger" went on a two-hour stabbing and robbery rampage in Southern California, killing four people and wounding two others, authorities said Wednesday.
The violence appeared to be random and the only known motives seem to be "robbery, hate, homicide," Garden Grove police Lt. Carl Whitney said at a news conference.
"We know this guy was full of anger and he harmed a lot of people tonight," he said.
The suspect and all the victims were Hispanic, he added.
Which means that even though this meets the media's standards for a mass killing, with 4 people dead, there will be a lot less interest in it.
If the killer turns out to be an illegal alien, interest will hit negative numbers.
But here's a mass killing that defies the narrative with a knife as the weapon and a minority perpetrator.
The man also robbed an insurance business, where a 54-year-old employee was stabbed several times and was expected to survive.
He was armed with "some sort of machete knives" when he confronted the woman, Whitney said.
The woman "was very brave," Whitney said. "She fought as best she could."
An alarm company saw the robbery on a live television feed and called police.
"They could see that the female victim was on the ground with blood and multiple injuries," Whitney said.
The man fled with cash and also robbed a check-cashing business next door, the lieutenant said.
Shortly after 6 p.m., the attacker drove up to a Chevron station, where he attacked a man pumping gas "for no reason," Whitney said. "There was no robbery."
The man was stabbed in the back and "his nose was nearly severed off his face," the lieutenant said. Bystanders rushed to help the man, he said.
Undercover detectives tracked the suspect's silver Mercedes to the parking lot of the 7-Eleven store in Santa Ana and within a minute of their arrival the man came out of the store, carrying a large knife and a gun that he had cut from the belt of a security guard after stabbing him, Whitney said.
The silver Mercedes makes for an interesting detail. It's odd that someone with an expensive car would be committing robberies for profit.