Published: Fri, August 09, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

4 killed, 2 wounded in Orange County stabbing spree

4 killed, 2 wounded in Orange County stabbing spree

GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (AP) - The man who killed four people and wounded two others in random stabbings across two Southern California cities is a gang member with a violent criminal record who had served time in prison, authorities said Thursday.

Around 6:25 p.m., law enforcement located the suspect's silver Mercedes at a 7-Eleven store at Harbor and 1st Street in Santa Ana.

In addition to the people killed, the attacker left two wounded in multiple crime scenes in Garden Grove and Santa Ana, police said. After attacking the man from behind, the suspect used a large knife to cut the guard's gun from his belt.

Details were not immediately available on when Castaneda was released from custody.

Asked what the suspect's motive might be, Whitney said he didn't know. Initially, all had been described as Hispanic. From there, the suspect went to a Subway restaurant and stabbed a person to death before going to a nearby 7-Eleven and attacking a security guard, who died later in hospital. One of the victims was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say the 33-year-old man from the city of Garden Grove robbed more than half a dozen businesses and killed two men at his own apartment complex during the two-hour wave of violence Wednesday. The father said his passport, green card, sword collection and even a dining table were taken. The other was taken to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries, Whitney said. The roommate died in the apartment.

A body was removed from the complex by stretcher late Thursday morning. He said his father worked on an assembly line and was a down-to-earth man who strove to make a life for his family.

Surveillance cameras caught some of the carnage.

"We have video showing him attacking these people and conducting these murders", Whitney said.

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Two men were killed in an apartment in Garden Grove and another at a Subway restaurant. The men, aged 62 and 63, were found by responding officers, one on the balcony and another inside the apartment.

Whitney said Castaneda lived in the same apartment building, in a unit adjacent to the one where the killings occurred.

"He went directly to the register and tried to open the register ... he showed me a gun", she said. He took all the money and fled.

Police said the suspect also robbed a bakery, a check-cashing business and an insurance office, where a woman was also stabbed, California media reported.

He was armed with "some sort of machete knives" when he confronted the woman, Whitney said. "She fought as best she could against this armed suspect and sustained multiple stab wounds".

According to the police no one was hurt in the burglary.

Whitney said all deceased victims were Hispanic males.

A cheque-cashing business also was robbed, as well as a petrol station where a man was slashed so badly that his nose was almost severed, Whitney said. Shortly after, a man at the gas station was attacked, he said.

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