OCSD Newsroom Headlines

July 23, 2015 
NEWS RELEASE: Bank Robber “Snowbird Bandit” Arrested

News ImageRANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. – (July 23, 2015) – On Wednesday, July 22, 2015, Orange County Bank Robbery Apprehension Team (BRAT) investigators arrested Randolph Bruce Adair, 70, Rancho Santa Margarita, in connection with a series of robberies over that last several months in the south Orange County area.


July 22, 2015 
NEWS RELEASE: Erica Alonso Death Investigation UPDATE-Toxicology Results & Cause of Death

News ImageSANTA ANA, Calif. – (July 22, 2015) – On Tuesday, July 21, 2015, Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigators obtained results of toxicology tests performed on Erica Alonso, 28, Laguna Hills. The results indicate Ms. Alonso had varying levels of alcohol and Gamma Hydroxybutyrate (GHB) in her system at the time of her death.

Based on the Ms. Alonso’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .22 and the amount of GHB found in her system, the Coroner Division has determined the combination and amounts were lethal. The Coroner Division has determined the cause of death to be an overdose; however, the manner remains undetermined.


July 22, 2015 
NEWS RELEASE: Suspect Arrested for Murder

News ImageANAHEIM, Calif. – (June 22, 2015) – On Tuesday, July 21, 2015, Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigators arrested David Steven Ortega, 32, Chino, in connection with the shooting death of David Douglas in unincorporated Anaheim on Sunday night. Ortega was arrested near his residence in the city of Chino.

The investigation is ongoing and no further details are being released.

Ortega was arrested for murder and booked into Orange County Jail. He is being held without bail and scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, July 23, 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.

*** Booking photo is not being released


July 21, 2015 
NEWS RELEASE: Homicide Investigation Following Shooting Incident

News ImageANAHEIM, Calif. – (July 20, 2015) – On Sunday, July 19, 2015, Orange County Sheriff’s investigators began an investigation following discovery of two adult male shooting victims. Both victims were found inside a Ford SUV vehicle, stopped in the intersection of Poona Drive and Lullaby Lane in unincorporated Anaheim. The victims were treated by paramedics and transported to an area hospital. One of the two victims, a 51 year old male, was pronounced dead early this morning as result of his injuries. The deceased victim’s name is not being released until the Coroner Division’s investigator can confirm his identity and notify next of kin.

On Sunday, July 19, 2015 at approximately 9:53 p.m., Orange County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area of Poona Drive and Lullaby Lane reference a shooting that just occurred. Deputies arrived and discovered the victim with gunshot wounds to the upper body area.

Based on the preliminary investigation and information obtained at the scene, it appears the victims were in a confrontation with the suspect just prior to the shooting. The suspect fled the area on foot with approximately 3-5 others subjects immediately after the shooting. The suspect is described as a male, Hispanic, late teens to early twenties. No further description is available.

Investigators are continuing to determine a motive and whether the shooting was gang-related.

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.


July 13, 2015 
Join OCSD for the Special Olympics Torch Run

News ImageOn May 14th, the Flame of Hope for the Special Olympics World Games was lit during a formal torch lighting ceremony in Athens, Greece. After arriving in Washington, D.C. on May 19th, it began its journey along three different routes to reach every state in the U.S. on its way to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

The Flame of Hope reaches California today, July 13, 2015 and the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) Final Leg will begin. Special Olympic athletes and Law Enforcement members from all across the globe will be carrying the torch together through 120 California cities.


July 6, 2015 
OCSD Wins Golden Hub Award for Traffic Safety Committee

News ImageOn Thursday, June 25, 2015 the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) was awarded the Golden Hub of Innovation Award for Public Safety by the Association of California Cities Orange County (ACCOC). Each year ACCOC hosts the Golden Hub Awards to recognize innovations within Orange County that create efficiencies, save taxpayer dollars and serve the community. OCSD received the award for the effective methods and positive impacts of the Sheriff’s Traffic Safety Committee.


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