Four killed, two injured in Southern California stabbing rampage

Cheryl Sanders
August 12, 2019

Rodriguez filed for divorce earlier this year, court records show, and has custody of two sons, ages 7 and 12.

Next, the suspect stabbed two men during a confrontation at his apartment complex in Garden Grove, leaving one dead inside an apartment and another wounded on the balcony, who later died at a hospital.

Asked what the suspect's motive might be, Whitney said he didn't know.

While there, police were called to a robbery at a bakery where no one was hurt.

An apartment complex at on the 12000 block of Jentges Avenue appeared to be the staging of the initial violence, with reports of robberies along with two men stabbed to death at their apartments.

"Without provocation, he stabs her multiple times", Whitney said.

At 5:40 p.m., reports said the suspect robbed a check-cashing business. No one was injured in that crime, he said.

"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", Whitney said, according to the LA Times. She is expected to survive, police said on Thursday. "This female employee was very fearless".

"This female employee was very fearless; this guy was armed with knives", Whitney said, according to the Times. "She fought as best she could".

The suspect then finished pumping gas in his own vehicle and drove away toward Santa Ana, Whitney said. Whitney said that attack was carried out with what were described as a pair of machetes.

Police arrested the suspect at a convenience store about a 10-minute drive away from the complex down a thoroughfare lined with auto shops, fast food restaurants and motels that cuts through central Orange County, south of Los Angeles.

Police said there was no threat to the public.

In Santa Ana just after 6:15 p.m., police responded to the Subway restaurant where the employee was killed and then the security guard at the 7-Eleven was found stabbed and died, Santa Ana police Commander Robert Rodriguez said. At the convenience store, he fatally stabbed a 58-year-old security guard, who was not working at the store, Whitney said.

Around 6:25 p.m. the silver Mercedes was spotted in the 7-Eleven parking lot by undercover Garden Grove officers who summoned backup from Santa Ana police.

The officers ordered the suspect to drop his weapons and he complied, Whitney said.

"We have video showing him attacking these people and conducting these murders", he said. "So, that's going to be great evidence for us for prosecution".

Zachary Castaneda, 33, was identified as the suspect in the string of attacks across the cities of Garden Grove and Santa Ana, officials said in a press conference Thursday. Castaneda lived in an apartment adjacent to the one where the burglary was reported. Officials did not know the exact date of Castaneda's release, but said they knew he had "a violent past" and gang associations.

Garden Grove Police Chief Tom DaRé said that without the work of the police and the undercover detectives who spotted the suspect's auto at the 7-Eleven, more people would have been attacked or killed in the "chaotic event".

On his Facebook page, Castaneda repeatedly expresses anger toward police and the criminal justice system in general.

Castaneda had previously been incarcerated for possession of methamphetamine with the intention to distribute while armed with an assault weapon, according to Garden Grove Police Chief Tom DaRe. He also makes repeated references to his brother having been fatally shot in Santa Ana.

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