OCSD Newsroom Headlines

September 22, 2015 
Remembering a Fallen Hero, OCSD Sergeant Matthew R. Davis

News ImageSergeant Matthew R. Davis joined the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in 1986. After graduating Sheriff’s Basic Academy, he worked in the Theo Lacy Branch Jail for two years and then was promoted to Deputy II and transferred to the South Operations Division. After a few years of working in the Major Accident Reconstruction Team he was selected a Motor Officer in Mission Viejo and 1999 was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

On the afternoon of Friday, September 20, 2002 tragedy struck the family of the Orange County Sheriff's Department. While on duty in the City of Mission Viejo, Sergeant Davis was involved in a traffic collision on his motorcycle after a vehicle making a left hand turn pulled into his lane. Sergeant Davis fought vigilantly for two days, and despite heroic medical efforts, succumbed to his injuries on September 22, 2002.

Sergeant Davis will always be remembered not only as a friend, but also as a hero. He maintained a friendly, professional and business like demeanor as he dealt with his co-workers and members of the community he served.

Sergeant Davis is survived by his wife and three children.

September 16, 2015 
National Child Passenger Safety Week

Did you know that car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13? Many of these deaths and injuries can be prevented through the proper use of car seats, booster seats and seatbelts. September 13 through September 19, 2015 is Child Passenger Safety Week. During this week, take time to make sure you have your child in the appropriate seat and are using it properly. See the below video for more information about how to keep your child safe while driving.

September 15, 2015 
Reserve Deputy Don Hanson Receives Search and Rescue Award

News ImageWe are very proud of retired Reserve Deputy Don Hanson who received the distinguished 2015 Larry Peabody Memorial Search and Rescue Award this weekend in Pioneer, California. The award is given out each year to only one person in the State Search & Rescue Community. Sheriff Ingrid Braun of Mono County; Deputy Chief Matthew Scharper, the California’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) State Search and Rescue Coordinator; and Bev Peabody, the widow of Larry Peabody, presented the award. Congratulations Reserve Deputy Hanson!

September 14, 2015 
NEWS RELEASE: Suspect Arrested on Sex Charges, Investigators Seeking Additional Victims

News ImageSANTA ANA, Calif. (September 11, 2015) – On Thursday, September 10, 2015, Orange County Sheriff’s Department Special Victim’s Unit investigators arrested Mark Falkowski, 28, Long Beach, on sex charges related to inappropriate electronic communication with a female juvenile. Beginning in early 2014, Falkowski is believed to have engaged in the exchange of inappropriate e-mails and conversation via Skype with the victim.

September 14, 2015 
NEWS RELEASE: Murder Suspect Arrested

News ImageWESTMINSTER, Calif. (September 11, 2015) – On Friday, September 11, 2015, Orange County Sheriff’s Department Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) deputies arrested Craig Tanber, 37, Dana Point, wanted in connection with the stabbing homicide that occurred last Monday, September 7, 2015 in front of the Patsy’s Irish Pub in the City of Laguna Niguel. Tanber was taken into custody without incident or injuries.

Tanber was arrested at approximately 6:15 a.m. this morning after investigators obtained information he was staying at the Motel 6 at 13100 Goldenwest Street., Westminster. SWAT operators made entry into the motel room and safely took Tanber into custody.

Tanber will be booked into the Orange County Jail on charges of murder. He will be held on $1 million bail and is expected to appear in court on Tuesday, September 15, 2015.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Unit at (714) 647-7055 or (714) 647-7000. Anonymous tips may also be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227) or at occrimestoppers.org.

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September 8, 2015 
SPECIAL BULLETIN: Wanted for Murder

News ImageNAME: TANBER, Craig: 01-27-1978

DESCRIPTION: Male, white, 6’1”, 190 lbs., brown
hair, hazel eyes

TATTOOS: Numerous covering body

CRIME: C.P.C. 187(a) – Murder

On Monday, September 07, 2015, Tanber is suspected in the stabbing death of Shayan Mazroei, 22, Laguna Niguel. The stabbing occurred early this morning during a physical altercation in front of Patsy’s Irish Pub in the city of Laguna Niguel. Tanber is a documented gang-member with a significant criminal history and should be considered armed and dangerous. He frequents the South Orange County area and the City of Huntington Beach.

Anyone with any information regarding Tanber’s whereabouts is asked to call 911 or the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at the numbers provided below.

*** UPDATED Press release & suspect PHOTO attached

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