LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A 33-year-old felon accused of killing 4 individuals and wounding two others in a stabbing spree in two Southern California cities “savagely attacked” his victims seemingly at random and unprovoked, police stated on Thursday.
The suspect, Zachary Castaneda, was taken into custody on Wednesday night outdoors of a 7-Eleven comfort retailer in Santa Ana, California, moments after stabbing to demise a safety guard there, police stated.
Backyard Grove Police Lieutenant Carl Whitney advised reporters Castaneda “savagely attacked these individuals for some motive” in an unprovoked assault on victims ranging in age from 25 to 64 that shocked central Orange County residents and authorities.
“I’ve labored right here for 30 years and I’ve by no means seen something like this,” Whitney stated. “It’s pure evil.”
Two victims had been being handled at hospitals and had been anticipated to outlive, police stated. These embrace a male sufferer present process surgical procedure to have his nostril reattached and a feminine sufferer who was wounded near her coronary heart, Whitney stated.
The crime spree started when Castaneda stabbed two roommates to demise on Wednesday afternoon outdoors the Backyard Grove house advanced the place he lived, police stated.
The suspect, who was driving a silver Mercedes, later robbed a bakery in Backyard Grove and a check-cashing enterprise whereas threatening victims with a knife, police stated.
In close by Santa Ana, Castaneda is suspected of attacking and fatally wounding a person in a Subway restaurant, police stated, earlier than killing the 7-Eleven safety guard, utilizing a knife to chop his belt and leaving the shop armed with the person’s gun.
As he left, police confronted the person and took him into custody, the place he continued to be “combative” with officers, Whitney stated.
Police stated Castaneda had served jail time for possession of methamphetamine with an intention to promote whereas armed with a rifle and that that they had earlier contact with him in reference to a toddler custody dispute.
Extra reporting by Wealthy McKay; enhancing by Invoice Tarrant and Nate Raymond