2015

April 30, 2015 
Deputy Oates Discusses Driving Under the Influence with Mari Frank

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Mari Frank of KUCI recently interviewed Deputy Oates with the OCSD Regional Traffic Bureau. The deputy, who has been with the department for 14 years, discussed the Traffic Bureau, the dangers of driving under the influence and what the public can do to help.


April 29, 2015 
NEWS RELEASE: Body Discovered Off Ortega Highway Identified as Missing Woman

News ImageCLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. – (April 28, 2015) – The body discovered in a remote area off Ortega Highway in the Cleveland National Forest has been preliminarily identified as Erica Alonso, 28, Laguna Hills; however, confirmation is pending fingerprint and/or dental record comparison. Alonso was a reported missing person since February 15, 2015.

On Monday, April 27, 2015 at approximately 10 p.m., the Orange County Sheriff’s Department was notified after a group of biologist working for Cal-Trans, discovered a decomposed body in a rugged area off Ortega Highway, approximately 12 miles east of Interstate 5. A crime scene was established overnight until homicide and coroner investigators could assemble and begin conducting an investigation.

On Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at approximately 11 a.m., the body was recovered and transported to the Coroner Division. Investigators continue to process evidence collected at the scene as well as evidence obtained through the Coroner’s examination. Coroner investigators have not determined a manner or cause of death; however, an autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday, April 29, 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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April 27, 2015 
Deputy Helps Save Ducklings Caught in Storm Drain

News ImageIt was a quiet Sunday in Mission Viejo until a major rescue operation commenced near the intersection of Los Alisos and Madero in the city of Mission Viejo.



April 27, 2015 
NEWS RELEASE: Suspect Arrested Following Huntington Beach PD Officer-Involved Shooting

News ImageHUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – (April 27, 2015) – On Sunday, April 26, 2015, Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigators arrested Adrian Coates, 18, Huntington Beach, during a traffic stop in the city of Costa Mesa. Coates was the driver of a stolen vehicle pursued by the Huntington Beach Police Department earlier in the day.

On Sunday, April 26, 2015 at approximately 2:50 a.m., a Huntington Beach police officer-involved shooting occurred following a pursuit and felony traffic stop of a reported stolen vehicle. During the felony traffic stop Coates made a U-turn and accelerated towards officers, resulting in the officer-involved shooting. Coates drove the vehicle past the officers and fled the immediate area. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department airship, “Duke,” assisted ground units and located the vehicle abandoned a short distance away.

As is protocol for all Huntington Beach Police officer-involved shootings, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department was called and assumed responsibility for the investigation. Following the preliminary investigation and collection of evidence at the scene, investigators located and arrested Coates at approximately 11:00 p.m. Coates was uninjured and indicated he had not been hit by the officer’s gunfire during the incident.

Coates was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer and booked into Orange County Jail. He is being held on $50K bail and scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, April 28, 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.


April 24, 2015 
K9 Kilo's End of Watch - April 23, 2015

News ImageThe Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s K9 unit is saddened to announce the passing of retired Police Service Dog, “Kilo”. Kilo, a thirteen year old Belgian Malinois/Dutch Shepherd mix, was in a great deal of pain due to several fused vertebrae that medication was unable to relieve. On the early morning of April 23rd, 2015, OCSD had to say goodbye to Kilo.


April 22, 2015 
Family of Missing Woman Offers $5K Reward

News ImageSANTA ANA, Calif. – (April 22, 2015) – The family of Erica Alonso, missing since February 15, 2015, has offered a $5K reward for information leading to her whereabouts. Alonso went missing early on the morning of Sunday, February 15, 2015, after leaving her boyfriend’s house in the city of Irvine. She is believed to have driven away in her 2014 Honda Civic, which has since been located in the city of Aliso Viejo, approximately one mile from her residence.


April 21, 2015 
Remembering Deputy Robert Schultz

News ImageToday we remember a fallen hero – OCSD Deputy Robert Schultz

On April 21, 1958, Deputy Robert Schultz was shot and killed after he and his partner stopped an old school bus being driven by a mentally disturbed man.

The man's family was riding in the bus and had displayed signs for help in the windows. The deputies stopped the bus near Dana Point and started getting the family off of the bus. As they did so, the man ordered his 11-year-old son to shoot the deputies and the boy opened fire with a .22 caliber rifle. Deputy Shultz was struck by a round and killed, and his partner was wounded.




April 16, 2015 
2015 North Los Angeles Explorer Competition

News ImageTwenty Orange County Sheriff's Explorers spent April 10-12 in North Los Angeles competing in the 2015 North LA Explorer Competition. Post Coordinator Sergeant Dan Daniels (Reserve Bureau), Post Advisors Deputy Gregg Surrell (Yorba Linda Police Services), Deputy Edith Lucero (North Patrol) and Deputy Hugo Huerta (Mission Viejo Police Services) accompanied the Explorers on their journey. The Sheriff's team competed against over 290 explorers from Explorer Posts throughout the state.


April 16, 2015 
National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

News ImageIt’s National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week!

OCSD Radio Dispatchers receive 9-1-1 and other calls from the public for contract cities and unincorporated county areas, receiving 2,500 calls on an average day. They dispatch all calls for service, maintain two-way radio contact with Deputies in the field and coordinate radio communications with allied agencies twenty-four hours a day.


April 8, 2015 
NEWS RELEASE: Investigators Seeking Public’s Assistance Locating Vehicular Manslaughter Suspect

News ImageSAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. – (March 8, 2015) – On Saturday, March 22, 2014 at approximately 7:35 p.m., Antolin Brito-Soto, 33, San Juan Capistrano, was involved in a solo-vehicle collision near Camino Capistrano and Junipero Serra Road. Brito-Soto’s four (4) children were in the vehicle; three were seriously injured and one, a 5 year-old daughter, died from her injuries resulting from the collision.

The collision occurred as Brito-Soto drove his 2002 Ford Explorer westbound on Junipero Serra Road, through Camino Capistrano into an adjacent parking lot and over an embankment. Based on the preliminary investigation, it was determined Brito-Soto was driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision. Brito-Soto was arrested the night of the collision and posted his $150K bail several weeks later. He has not returned to court since his arraignment on charges of vehicular manslaughter and child abuse.

Brito-Soto is a male, Hispanic, 5’3’’, 150 lbs., black hair and brown eyes with a medium build and olive complexion. He is known to frequent the San Juan Capistrano area; however, he has ties to Chicago, Texas and Mexico. Investigators have exhausted resources in those areas and are asking the public for assistance locating Brito-Soto.

Orange County Deputy District Attorney Stephen Cornwell is prosecuting the case.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Traffic Bureau at (949) 425-1860. Anonymous tips may also be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227) or at occrimestoppers.org.




April 7, 2015 
New Saddleback Station Opening

News ImageOn Saturday April 4, 2015 at 6:00AM, patrol deputies at the new OCSD Southeast Substation in Lake Forest deployed for the first time.


April 2, 2015 
2015 Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay

News ImageLast weekend a total of 262 law enforcement teams from the U.S. and abroad participated in the 31st Annual Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay. Men and women from OCSD were able to sport two teams, the Open Team (#22) and the Invitational Mixed Team (#168). Both teams did very well, and all runners ran strong. Our volunteers (departmental and non-departmental) were invaluable and supported the runners immensely.

The Open Team finished with a time of 15:02:07, 10th in the Open division and 16th overall. The Invitational Mixed Team finished with a time of 18:59:00, 33rd in the I.M. division and 187th overall with the Crime Lab placing 45th and 241st overall. Great job OCSD!


April 2, 2015 
2015 Citizens Academy Application

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Want to learn more about the Sheriff's Department, tour our facilities and meet the incredible men and women behind the badge? Join us for OCSD Citizens' Academy Class 4! Thursday evenings 6-9pm from July 9-August 27, 2015. Space is limited, and successful completion of a background check is required. Applications are accepted until April 30th. Click the link below to apply!

http://ocsd.org/civicax/inc/blobfetch.aspx?BlobID=43202


April 1, 2015 
Duke Rescues Elderly Male

News ImageYesterday Deputies Epley and DiGanci were dispatched in Duke 1 to the area of Soka University in reference to a lost 84 year old male with dementia. His daughter had called the Sheriff’s Department to report her missing father who had not been seen for an hour. Duke searched the immediate wilderness area surrounding Soka University but was not able to locate the missing person. They expanded the search area and located the elderly male about 2 miles southeast of Soka University, far from any trails. Duke 1 was able to land the aircraft on a nearby slope and Tactical Flight Officer (TFO) DiGanci got out of the helicopter and hiked to the elderly male. He assisted the elderly male into the helicopter where he was then transported to awaiting personnel. Once again, another great job by Duke! Read more about the story here: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/-656293--.html


March 30, 2015 
Sheriff’s CCW Policy Following Court’s Grant of Rehearing in Peruta Case

News ImageSANTA ANA, Calif. – (March 27, 2015) – On Thursday, March 26, 2015, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals voted to rehear “en banc” the case of Peruta v. County of San Diego. In February 2014, a three-judge panel split 2 – 1 and held that a Sheriff’s policy requiring more than “self-defense” or “personal protection” to meet the “good cause” requirement for a concealed weapon license violates the Second Amendment’s right to keep and bear arms.


March 30, 2015 
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

News ImageSANTA ANA, Ca. (March 30, 2015) – To save lives and educate all Californians about the dangers of distracted driving, the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), California Highway Patrol (CHP), Impact Teen Drivers, and more than 200 law enforcement agencies statewide are working together on increased education and enforcement efforts for National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April and California Teen Safe Driving Week, which is April 1, 2015 to April 7, 2015.


March 26, 2015 
Vehicle Belonging to Missing Person Located

News ImageSANTA ANA, Calif. – (March 25, 2015) – On Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at approximately 2:00 p.m., Orange County Sheriff’s deputies located a white 2014 Honda Civic EX, California license plate #7FSS563 in the area of Cedarbrook and Redwood, Aliso Viejo in the Glenwood Park neighborhood. The vehicle belongs to Erica Alonso, 27, Laguna Hills, a reported missing person since Sunday, February 15, 2015.


March 23, 2015 
Suspects Arrested Following Assault on Waitress with Vehicle

News ImageANAHEIM, Calif. – (March 23, 2015) – On Monday, March 23, 2015, Orange County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Rowshaid Pellum, 24, Cerritos; Markeisha Williams, 18, Long Beach; Shyteice Miles, 19, Long Beach and Santeea Ralph, 23, Long Beach; in connection with an assault that occurred at the Mexico Lindo Restaurant in the 10900 block of Magnolia Avenue in unincorporated Anaheim.


March 23, 2015 
2015 Explorer Post 449 Banquet

News ImageRecently 137 Explorers and their families from eleven divisions throughout Orange County attended the annual Explorer’s Banquet at the Sheriff’s Regional Training Academy in Tustin. The Explorers are an integral part of OCSD. Responsibilities include supporting deputies during road closures and search missions, provide crowd control, distribute information on parking regulations or temporary street closures, and assisting with crime prevention demonstrations.

Each post was recognized, along with four Explorers who received awards for their achievements this year: Dominic McCloe received the Spirit Award, Melissa Vega and Daniel Serrano received the Leadership Award, and Richard Paniagua was recognized as Explorer of the Year.


March 17, 2015 
Deputies Arrest Bank Robbery Suspect

News ImageMISSION VIEJO, Calif. – (March 16, 2015) – On Monday, March 16, 2015, Orange County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Lharimi Lamsen, 30, Stanton, on suspicion of bank robbery. Lamsen was arrested as he fled the area of the Wells Fargo Bank where he is suspected of having just committed an armed robbery.


March 16, 2015 
Assistant Sheriff Barnes Discusses Drug and Crime Trends with Mari Frank

News ImageMari Frank with KUCI recently interviewed Assistant Sheriff Don Barnes about drug and crime trends, and what we can do to keep ourselves and our families safe.

Assistant Sheriff Barnes has been with the Department for 26 years and oversees the Administrative Services Command. This command provides support services necessary to the Orange County Sheriff's Department, and ensures facilities, computer systems, and communications equipment operate at maximum efficiency 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Divisions under Administrative Services include Communication and Technology, Financial/Administrative Services, Research and Development, and Support Services. In addition to his role with OCSD, Assistant Sheriff Barnes is also the Chairman of Orange County Crime Stoppers.


March 10, 2015 
Sheriff’s Deputies Honored with the American Legion Medal of Merit

News ImageThe OCSD Directed Enforcement Team (DET) was recently honored with an American Legion Medal of Merit for the year of 2014.


March 3, 2015 
The OCSD Mounted Enforcement Unit

News ImageThe Mounted Enforcement Unit (MEU) is an integral part of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Established in 1969, the MEU is a specialized enforcement unit that extends the reach of OCSD operations into areas difficult to patrol. As of 2014 the unit has 22 members, all of who own their own horses.


February 26, 2015 
Villa Park High School Coach Arrested for Sexual Misconduct with Students

News ImageSANTA ANA, Calif. – (February 26, 2015) – On Wednesday, February 25, 2015, Orange County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Unit (SVU) investigators arrested Dwayne Jordan Richardson, 20, Fullerton, following allegations he engaged in sexual misconduct with two female minor high school students. Richardson is a “walk-on” girls’ basketball coach at Villa Park High School and does not teach at the school.


February 25, 2015 
New police chief brings a strong past to improve the city's future

News ImageWe are proud to introduce Lieutenant Scott Spalding as the new Chief of Police for San Juan Capistrano Police Services! Lt. Spalding has been with OCSD for over 27 years, having worked in custody and patrol operations; SWAT; investigative assignments in general and economic crimes, internal affairs and the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Learn more about Lt. Spalding in the below OC Register article:

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/year-652226-people-crimes.html


February 24, 2015 
Investigators Seeking Additional Victims Following Arrest

News ImageLAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. – (February 24, 2015) – On Thursday, February 19, 2015, Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigators arrested Raymond Newton Baker, 72, Laguna Niguel, following a three week investigation into allegations he sexually assaulted a victim under the guise he was training her to use a medical device.


February 24, 2015 
Suspect Arrested Following Laguna Niguel Homicide Investigation

News ImageLAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. – (February 22, 2014) – On Saturday, February 21, 2015, Orange County Sheriff’s Homicide investigators arrested, Michelle Green, 50, Laguna Niguel, in connection with the stabbing death of her 52 year-old, live-in boyfriend. Green was arrested at her residence in the 24700 block of La Vida Drive.


February 19, 2015 
NEWS RELEASE: Investigators Seeking Public’s Assistance Identifying John Doe

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SANTA ANA, Calif. (February 19, 2015) – Investigators have recently compiled the sketch of a John Doe missing since Tuesday, December 24, 2013.

At that time, the body of a male was found floating approximately one mile off of the Newport Beach Coastline in the Crystal Cove area. The victim may have suffered unknown head trauma and had been weighted down with a 35lb iron dumbbell. The subject was wearing a dark colored ‘Champion’ nylon sweatpants with zippered legs, size 11 black ‘Asics’ tennis shoes and a black ‘Timex’ watch with a black plastic band. While his age is unknown, it is believed he is older than 30 and as old as 50, height of 5’8”-5’9”, approximately 165 lbs with dark hair.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at (714) 647-7000 or (714) 647-7044. 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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February 19, 2015 
NEWS RELEASE: Recovered Body Identified as Missing Laguna Beach Swimmer

News ImageSANTA ANA, Calif. – (February 19, 2015) – On Wednesday, February 18, 2015, a body was discovered near the rocks at Shell Beach, in the area of Monarch/Three Arch Bay. The body has been positively identified as Anthony Parnell, 18, Las Vegas. The area Parnell’s body was discovered is approximately one-half mile south of 1000 Steps Beach, the area he was last seen.

At approximately 3:55 p.m., Orange County Sheriff’s Department Harbor Patrol deputies assisted Orange County Lifeguards, Laguna Beach Police and Fire Departments with the recovery of the body. Emergency response personnel recovered Parnell’s body and transported it to the Dana Point Harbor Patrol Office where they were met by a deputy corner from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Coroner Division.

An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow, February 20, 2015, to determine an official manner and cause of death. No further information is available.


February 19, 2015 
NEWS RELEASE: MISSING PERSON

News ImageMISSING PERSON

NAME: ALONSO, Erica Melissa – 3/26/87

DESCRIPTION: Female, Hispanic, 5’3”, 110 lbs., long
Brown hair, brown eyes

CLOTHING: Unknown

VEHICLE: 2014 Honda Civic EX, white, 4-door
CA License #7FSS563

LAST CONTACT: Sunday, February 15 @ 4:00 a.m.


On February 14, 2015, Ms. Erica Alonso and a date met friends at the Sutra Lounge in the city of Costa Mesa where she spent the evening until approximately 1:30 A.M. While at the club, Erica and her date befriended another couple who offered them a ride in a red, Toyota Scion FRS to continue the night’s activities at her date’s home near Culver Drive and Deerfield Avenue in the city of Irvine. At approximately 3:45 a.m., the couple left the residence, and approximately 10 to 15 minutes later, Erica also left the residence. Erica and her vehicle (see vehicle info above) have not been seen or heard from since.

Anyone with any information regarding Ms. Alonso’s whereabouts or who can identify the couple in the red Scion FRS is asked to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at the numbers provided below.

****Investigators are attempting to identify the couple who gave Ms. Alonso and her date a ride home. See attached bulletin for additional information and photos.


February 19, 2015 
ATTEMPT TO IDENTIFY

News ImageLaw enforcement is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating the couple in the below photographs that Erica and her date befriended at Sutra Lounge. The pictures are actual photographs of the couple at Sutra Lounge. The vehicle shown is a similar model to the vehicle they were driving.

Investigators are seeking to interview these individuals who may have information that will assist in locating Erica.






February 17, 2015 
NEWS RELEASE: Phone Scams Use Names of OCSD Personnel to Solicit Money

News ImageSANTA ANA, Calif. (February 13, 2015) - The Orange County Sheriff’s Department advises the public to be aware of phone scams involving subjects pretending to be law enforcement personnel. Several instances of this type of fraud continue to occur throughout Orange County.


February 13, 2015 
Online Dating Safety Tips

News ImageThis Valentine’s Day many singles will be utilizing online dating in the hopes of finding that special someone. Online dating is one of the most popular services sought after by internet users. In fact, it is the third most requested online service trailing closely behind music and gaming with an estimated 1 in 5 adults’ ranging in ages 25- 34 years old utilizing these services monthly. As the stigma once attached to online dating has decreased, more and more users have flocked to various sites in the hopes of meeting a special someone.


February 10, 2015 
Multiple Vehicles Stolen from Stanton Auto Shop

News ImageSTANTON, Calif. – (February 10, 2014) – On Monday, February 9, 2015, Orange County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of stolen vehicles at Tunex Auto Services located 10460 Magnolia Avenue. The business owner indicated to deputies that ten (10) vehicles were stolen from the property between the evening of Saturday, February 7 and Monday, February 9, 2015 at 8:00 a.m.


February 9, 2015 
PSR Edward Leonard appeared on Privacy Piracy Radio Show

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The Professional Service Reserves Deputy Director, Edward Leonard, made an appearance on the radio show Privacy Piracy this past week talking about the PSR division.


February 5, 2015 
Sheriff's Deputy on a Mission to Maintain Safety in Schools

News ImageThe School Mobile Assesment and Resource Team (SMART) is utilized in school situations related to drugs, violence, threats and/ or the use of any weapons. The team responds at the request of law enforcement or school personnel to provide various services and resources and works in conjunction with school officials, the Probation Department, the District Attorney's Office and mental health agencies to get any and all situations settled effectively and efficiently.

Click the link to read about Sheriff's Deputy Doug Claypool and his mission to protect student's safety in schools.

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/claypool-650215-team-kids.html


February 3, 2015 
MEDIA ADVISORY: Orange County Ballistics Using Local Law Enforcement 3D Technology Press Conference

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Orange County Ballistics Using Local Law Enforcement 3D Technology Press Conference
OCBULL3T


WHAT: The Orange County Crime Lab (OCCL) will introduce the Orange County Ballistics Using Local Law Enforcement 3D Technology (OCBULL3T) and announce the first 3D database cold-hit on bullets in California. The bullet database cold-hits recently connected two separate Anaheim Police Department cases involving firearms. Though this was the first database cold-hit, the OCBULL3T system has provided several other bullet and cartridge hits in cases being investigated by numerous other agencies in Orange County. In addition to information about the Anaheim Police Department cases, crime lab experts will discuss the OCBULL3T technology, its capabilities and the resources it provides to law enforcement agencies throughout Orange County.


WHEN: Wednesday, February 4, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

Scheduled to Appear:

  • Sheriff-Coroner Sandra Hutchens, Orange County Sheriff’s
    Department

  • Chief Raul Quezada, Anaheim Police Department

  • Director Bruce Houlihan, Orange County Crime Lab

WHERE: Orange County Sheriff’s Department - Brad Gates Building
320 N. Flower Street
Santa Ana, CA 92703
5th Floor Conference Room


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January 31, 2015 
NEWS RELEASE: GAME PLAN FOR SUPERBOWL SUNDAY: ARE YOU DRINKING AND DRIVING?

News ImageSANTA ANA, Calif. (January 30, 2015) – On Super Bowl Sunday, February 1, 2015, there will be lots of game day socializing that may include drinking. The California Office of Traffic Safety, Sheriff, Police and the CHP are urging football fans to choose sides now: drinking OR driving. If you plan on drinking on Super Bowl Sunday, designate a sober driver to get you home safely.


January 31, 2015 
SUPERBOWL TIP SHEET: KNOW YOUR ROLE ON SUPER BOWL SUNDAY

News ImagePlanning on attending a Superbowl Party? See here for tip on how to stay safe on Superbowl Sunday.


January 29, 2015 
Suspects Arrested for Robbery at Verizon Wireless Retail Store

News ImageYORBA LINDA, Calif. – (January 28, 2015) – On Wednesday, January 28, 2015, Orange County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Tyler Mason, 18, Riverside; Quinten Carr, 22, Riverside and Jshaun Jackson, 22, Moreno Valley; in connection with an armed robbery at the Verizon Retail Store located in the 20600 block of Yorba Linda Boulevard.


January 29, 2015 
The OC Marine Operations Bureau Trains with the U.S. Coast Guard

News ImageThe Orange County Sheriff’s Marine Operations Bureau (part of the department’s Homeland Security Division) regularly cross-trains with the United States Coast Guard on rescue drills. This is extremely vital since the department and the Coast Guard are the only open ocean enforcement/rescue entities along the Orange County coastline.


January 21, 2015 
OCSD Crime Prevention Specialists Focus on Identity Theft

News ImageThe Orange County Sheriff’s Department Crime Prevention Specialists
have dedicated January to Identity Theft Prevention and Awareness. Crime Prevention Specialists work in each of our contract cities to provide educational services and programs, such as Neighborhood Watch & Business Watch, to help strengthen community and law enforcement partnerships which keep our communities safe.

See the attached newsletter for safety tips on how to guard against this ever-growing crime.


January 20, 2015 
Teachers Arrested Following Allegation of Sexual Relationship with Students

News ImageSAN CLEMENTE, Calif. – (January 18, 2014) – On Saturday, January 17, 2015, Orange County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Unit investigators arrested South Hills High School teacher, Melody Lippert, 38, Covina and district teacher Michelle Ghirelli, 30, Covina; following allegations they engaged in sexual relations with students who attend the school.


January 15, 2015 
NEWS RELEASE: DUI Enforcement Operations Planned this Weekend

News ImageSANTA ANA, Calif. (January 15, 2015) – Deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s DUI Task Force will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign. DUI Saturation Patrols will begin on Friday, January 16, 2015 at 7:00 PM and continue until Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 3:00 AM in the cities of Stanton, Villa Park and Yorba Linda.


January 13, 2015 
Suspected DUI Driver Crashes During Pursuit by Deputies

News ImageLAKE FOREST, Calif. – (January 10, 2015) – On Friday, January 9, 2015 at approximately 10:30 p.m., Orange County Sheriff’s deputies initiated a pursuit of a 2002 Ford Explorer in the area of Toledo Way and Serrano Road. The driver of the vehicle was suspected by deputies of driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.


January 13, 2015 
The Parent Project

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Empowering Parents. Transforming Teens.

Do you want to get better at being a mom and dad? Need help understanding what it’s like to be a kid/teenager in today’s society? Looking for a life changing experience to parenting? Come learn the parenting skills that were developed from working with over 500,000 families nationwide involving every situation imaginable. The “parenting manual” is here.

Date: 1/29/2015

Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM


January 8, 2015 
Law Enforcement Appreciation Day 2015

News ImageFriday, January 9, 2015 is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day! Members of law enforcement go out every single day with the mission to protect and serve their surrounding community. We invite you to join us in thanking nearly 3,000 OCSD Deputy Sheriffs who put their lives on the line to keep the citizens of Orange County safe. Please consider taking just a few minutes to show your gratitude for their service.


June 12, 2015 
Remembering a Fallen Hero, OCSD Deputy Bradley Riches.

News ImageToday we remember a fallen hero, OCSD Deputy Bradley Riches.

Deputy Riches became a fully sworn deputy in 1991 and was assigned to the James A. Musick Facility Branch Jail and the Orange County Central Jail. In October 1998, Riches was assigned to patrol in the city of Lake Forest.





June 24, 2015 
Remembering a Fallen Hero, OCSD Deputy Steven Parsons

News ImageToday we remember a fallen hero, OCSD Deputy Steven Parsons.

Deputy Parsons joined OCSD in 1989 and would become the first motorcycle patrolman in the city of Laguna Hills in 1997. In his nomination for the coveted Gold Star Award merely two and a half weeks prior to his death, Deputy Parsons was lauded as "having single-handedly impacted traffic safety resulting in significant decreases in traffic accidents." On June 24, 2000 Deputy Parsons passed away after being involved in a traffic collission in the city of Laguna Hills while on motorcycle patrol. He was, and will continue to be, a role model for all.


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.


October 24, 2015 
Remembering a Fallen Hero, OCSD Deputy Mark Tonkin

News ImageToday we remember a fallen hero, OCSD Deputy Mark Tonkin.

Deputy Tonkin joined the department on August 21, 1981. He was initially assigned to the Main Jail and worked a short time as a court bailiff before going to North Patrol. In January of 1988 Deputy Tonkin was assigned to the Career Criminal Apprehension Team.

On October 24, 1988 Deputy Tonkin, an eight year veteran of the Sheriff-Coroner Department, lost his life in a helicopter crash while assigned to DESERT RANGER, a multi-agency cooperative narcotic enforcement program. Mark was one of eight victims aboard a California National Guard UH1H Huey Helicopter which went down and burned in mountainous terrain near El Centro, California.

Deputy Tonkin was survived by his wife, Mary Ann, and parents, James and Gloria Tonkin.


November 19, 2015 
Remembering a Fallen Hero, OCSD Deputy Ezra Stanley

News ImageToday we remember a fallen hero, OCSD Deputy Ezra Stanley.

On the night of November 19, 1940, Deputies Ezra Stanley and Carl Pryor were patrolling Pacific Coast Highway between Sunset Beach and Huntington Beach when their car was struck from behind by a drunk driver. The car skidded as the gas tank caught fire. Deputy Stanley was unconscious and wedged tightly in the car. Deputy Pryor's attempted to free Deputy Stanley, but his efforts were in vain.


December 16, 2015 
Remembering OCSD's First Fallen Hero, Undersheriff Robert Squires

News ImageOn the evening of December 16, 1912 Sheriff Ruddock received a telephone call from the Irvine station, telling him that a young Irvine girl had been attacked by a drifter who had fled into the hills.


December 25, 2015 
Remembering a Fallen Hero, Deputy Darryn Robins

News ImageToday we remember a fallen hero, Deputy Darryn L. Robins.

Deputy Robins was a seven-year veteran of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department working In the Central Jail and then on patrol in the city of Lake Forest.

Deputy Robins' career was dedicated to the community and to the children within it. While in Lake Forest he took the opportunity to work directly with youth, speaking at the elementary schools and frequently performing a rap version of "Officer Friendly". The children called him Deputy "Rappin" Robins. Darryn also went to many intermediate schools, where he developed a presentation to encourage young boys and girls to avoid gangs.

Deputy Robins' untimely and tragic death in December 1993 during an on-duty training mishap left the entire Sheriff’s Department and the community with a deep sense of loss and grief. Because of the record he established in his relatively short law enforcement career, because he always set his standards high and because he epitomized what a professional law enforcement officer should be, the Department honored his memory by presenting the first Sheriff's Memorial Medal to Deputy Robins' family.


May 4, 2015 
California Peace Officers' Memorial Day

News ImageMonday, May 4, 2015 has been designated as California Peace Officers’ Memorial Day. The resolution, introduced by Senator Cathleen Galgiani, urges all Californians to honor those individuals who have given their lives for our safety and express appreciation to those who continue to dedicate themselves to making California a safer place in which to live and raise our families.


May 5, 2015 
NEWS RELEASE: Dana Hills High School Teacher Arrested for Child Molestation and Pornography

News ImageDANA POINT, Calif. – (May 4, 2015) – On Monday, May 04, 2015, Ezequiel Barragan, 48, Aliso Viejo, was arrested following allegations of child molestation and possession of child pornography.

On Monday, May 04, 2015, the Orange County Child Exploitation Task Force (OCCETF) was notified by a United States Postal Service (USPS) agent regarding an ongoing child pornography investigation. Barragan has been the target of a USPS investigation resulting in discovery of information that he also engaged in sexual relations with a male juvenile over the last two years. Today’s investigation has included interviews, search warrants and review of evidence obtained by investigators.


May 6, 2015 
NEWS RELEASE: Attempt Child Abduction

News ImageNORTH TUSTIN, Calif. – (May 6, 2015) – On Tuesday, May 05, 2015, Orange County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of an attempt child abduction of an 11 year-old female in the area of Salt Air Drive and Simon Ranch Road, near Utt Middle School.

On Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at approximately 4:30 p.m., the 11 year-old female victim was alone walking her dog near Salt Air Drive and Simon Ranch Road. A white van with a male, Hispanic driver pulled alongside the female victim and attempted to lure her into the vehicle. The driver initially asked the victim if she needed help with her dog; after she refused, the suspect demanded she get into the vehicle by stating, “Hey, get in the car.” The female victim refused and ran home from the area. The vehicle was last seen southbound on Browning Avenue from Salt Air Drive towards Irvine Boulevard.

The vehicle was described as a white box van, possibly an early 2000 Chevy Astro van with the logo “Quick Clean” and a recyclable water symbol with a blue rain drop on both sides of the van. The “Quick Clean” logo/lettering is peeling away from the van. No vehicle license plate information is available.

The suspect driver is described as a male, Hispanic, approximately 30 years old with a shaved head, wearing a blue windbreaker with a zipper and sunglasses.

Anyone with additional information regarding additional victims is asked to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s (714) 647-7060 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


May 8, 2015 
NEWS RELEASE: DUI/Driver License Checkpoint Planned this Weekend

News ImageSANTA ANA, Calif. (May 8, 2015) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department DUI Taskforce will be conducting a DUI/Driver License Checkpoint on Friday, May 08, 2015 in the city of Lake Forest between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.


May 8, 2015 
Major County Sheriffs’ Association and California State Sheriffs’ Association Support the Stepping Up Initiative

News ImageSACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 7, 2015)- Leading criminal justice and mental health organizations are joining together in supporting The Stepping Up Initiative, an unprecedented national collaboration designed to generate action in communities across the country toward a common goal: reducing the number of people with mental illnesses in U.S. jails.


May 15, 2015 
National Peace Officers Memorial Day

News ImageOn October 1, 1962, Congress passed a joint resolution that authorizes and requests the President to designate May 15th of each year as "Peace Officers Memorial Day" and the week in which it falls as "Police Week." President Obama continued this tradition, proclaiming May 15, 2015, as Peace Officers Memorial Day and May 10 through May 16, 2015, as Police Week. Today, flags will be flown at half-staff to pay tribute to the local, State and Federal law enforcement officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving and protecting us with courage and dedication.


May 19, 2015 
NEWS RELEASE: Click It or Ticket Campaign Starts May 18th

News ImageSANTA ANA, Calif. (May 19, 2015) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is reminding motorists to Click It or Ticket. As part of the national seat belt enforcement campaign, law enforcement agencies around the country will be stepping up enforcement May 18, 2015 to May 31, 2015, just prior to one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.


May 22, 2015 
NEWS RELEASE: Orange County Sheriff’s Department Operation Aims to Improve Motorcycle Safety

News ImageSANTA ANA, Calif. (May 21, 2015) – Deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation during the Memorial Day weekend in an effort to lower deaths and injuries. Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes occur. Officers will be looking for violations made by drivers and riders alike that can lead to motorcycle crashes, including driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, making illegal turns, or any other dangerous infraction.


May 22, 2015 
NEWS RELEASE: DUI Enforcement Operations Planned this Weekend

News ImageSANTA ANA, CA (May 22, 2015) – Deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s DUI Task Force will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign. DUI Saturation Patrols will deploy on Friday, May 22, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. and continue until Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 3:00 a.m. in the cities of Lake Forest, Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita.


May 28, 2015 
NEWS RELEASE: Suspect and Victim Identified in Murder-Suicide

News ImageTRABUCO CANYON, Calif. – (May 28, 2015) – On Wednesday, May 27, 2015, Luis Arizmendi, 41, Trabuco Canyon and his son, Sebastian Arizmendi, 3, Trabuco Canyon, were discovered deceased inside the residence located at 15 Swallows Lane. The bodies were discovered after Orange County Sheriff’s Department SWAT deputies made entry where Luis was barricaded with Sebastian following a domestic incident with his wife.


June 4, 2015 
NEWS RELEASE: Investigators Seek Public’s Assistance Identifying Robbery Suspect

News ImageYORBA LINDA, Calif. – (June 4, 2015) – On Sunday, May 31, 2015 an armed robbery occurred at the El Torito Grill restaurant located at 22699 Oakcrest Circle. The suspect used a semi-automatic handgun and the loss was approximately $5,000.00 cash.


June 10, 2015 
OCSD Hosts Marijuana Summit

News ImageLast week the Orange County Sheriff’s Department presented their second Marijuana Summit at the Orange County Rescue Mission in Tustin. Nearly 300 people attended the event, doubling the turnout of the first summit in 2013. Those in attendance included law enforcement, probation officers, social workers, educators, medical staff, prevention groups, elected officials, and counselors working with kids.


June 11, 2015 
HomeAid Essentials for Young Lives' Delivery Day Event

News ImageToday Captain Behrens attended the HomeAid Essentials for Young Lives’ Delivery Day Press Conference. The HomeAid Essentials campaign is a community-wide effort to collect essential items for young children in shelters throughout Orange County, helping families facing homelessness due to job loss, illness or domestic violence. Sheriff Sandra Hutchens has worked as the Honorary Chair of the HomeAid Essentials drive for the past five years. This year’s drive was the most successful yet, gathering over 1.9 million diapers and essentials; about 700,000 more goods than the year prior. All the items gathered at the press conference will be distributed to various shelters throughout Orange County.


June 15, 2015 
SPECIAL BULLETIN: MISSING PERSON

News ImageNAME: CAUDILL, Keith – 1/09/1951

DESCRIPTION: Male, Caucasian, 5’8”, 195 lbs.,

CLOTHING: Blue Pendleton shirt, black pants,
brown slippers & wearing glasses

VEHICLE: None

LAST CONTACT: Sunday, June 14, 2015 @ 3:50 p.m.

On Sunday, June 14, 2015 at approximately 3:50 p.m., Mr. Caudill left his residence at 2158 Via Mariposa, Laguna Woods following an argument with his mother. Mr. Caudill made statements as he left that he was going to visit the beach and “watch the ocean’s waves.” He walks with the assistance of a walker and has a medical condition that will cause him to quickly deteriorate and become disoriented without his medication.

Anyone with any information regarding Mr. Caudill’s whereabouts is asked to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at (714) 647-7000.


June 16, 2015 
NEWS RELEASE: Fatality Hit & Run Collision

News ImageSTANTON, Calif. – (June 16, 2015) – On Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at approximately 4:43 a.m., Orange County Sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of a vehicle versus bicyclist traffic collision on Beach Boulevard, south of Cerritos Avenue. Deputies arrived and discovered a male, adult lying in the roadway deceased from his injuries.


June 22, 2015 
NEWS RELEASE: Trabuco Hills High School Teacher’s Aide and Coach Arrested for Possession of Child Pornography

News ImageLAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. – (June 20, 2015) – On Friday, June 19, 2015, Orange County Child Exploitation Task Force (OCCETF) and Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Unit (SVU) investigators arrested, Raymond William Henry II, 57, Laguna Niguel, for possession of child pornography.


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.


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 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 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 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 29, 2015 
NEWS RELEASE: Suspect Arrested for Murder

News ImageANAHEIM, Calif. – (July 29, 2015) – On Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at approximately 10:50 p.m., Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigators arrested Edgar Ramirez, 20, Anaheim, in connection with the shooting death of David Douglas in unincorporated Anaheim on Sunday night. Ramirez was arrested following an interview with investigators at Sheriff’s Headquarters in Santa Ana.

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

Ramirez was arrested for murder and booked into Orange County Jail. He is being held on $1 million bail and scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, July 30, 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.com

*** Booking photo is not being released


July 30, 2015 
NEWS RELEASE: Suspect Arrested for Murder - UPDATE

News ImageANAHEIM, Calif. – (July 30, 2015) – On Thursday, July 30, 2015, Edgar Ramirez, 20, will be ordered released from custody today following rejection of the case presented by Orange County Sheriff’s investigators to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. Ramirez will be transported from court to the Orange County Jail and be processed for release.

On Tuesday, July 28, 2015, Ramirez was arrested at Sheriff’s Headquarters following an interview with investigators and consultation with the Deputy District Attorney assigned to the case. Subsequent investigation and discussion between Sheriff’s investigators and the District Attorney’s Office has resulted in a decision to not file charges against Ramirez at this time.

The investigation is this case ongoing.


August 6, 2015 
OCSD Partners With Nextdoor

News ImageTheOrange County Sheriff’s Department announced a partnership with Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com),the private social network for neighborhoods, to build stronger, safercommunities with the help of residents.


August 17, 2015 
2015 OCLEEAA Summer Academy

News ImageThe Orange County Law Enforcement Explorer Advisor Association (OCLEEAA) sponsored the 2015 Summer Explorer Academy at the Boys Scouts Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center, from August 5 to August 9, 2015.


September 1, 2015 
NEWS RELEASE: September is National Emergency Preparedness Month

News ImageSANTA ANA, Calif. – (September 1, 2015) – September is National Emergency Preparedness Month and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Emergency Management Division would like to encourage County residents to prepare and plan for emergency and disaster events. The time is NOW to make a commitment to be the survivor.


September 1, 2015 
NEWS RELEASE: Suspect Arrested Following Pursuit of Stolen Vehicle

News ImageLAKE FOREST, Calif. (August 29, 2015) – On Saturday, August 29, 2015 at approximately 2:30 p.m., Orange County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a suspect following the pursuit of a stolen 2004 Ford F-250 truck he was driving. The pursuit terminated when the suspect crashed into the service bay area of the 76 gas station located on the northwest corner of El Toro Road and Trabuco Road. Deputies took the suspect into custody after a short foot pursuit following the collision.


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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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 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 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 16, 2015 
National Child Passenger Safety Week

News ImageDid 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.


November 30, 2015 
NEWS RELEASE: Capistrano Valley High School Teacher Arrested

News ImageMISSION VIEJO, Calif. (November 30, 2015) – On Monday, November 30, 2015, Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victim’s Unit investigators arrested Justin Verducci, 25, Irvine, on charges related to inappropriate text communication with a student. Verducci was arrested in front of his Irvine residence following investigation into allegations he was “sexting” with a 16 year-old student at Capistrano Valley High School where he is employed as a teacher.


December 4, 2015 
Before You Give Your Child A Smartphone This Holiday, Read This

News ImageAn iPhone or iPad is an amazing gift. The entertainment and educational opportunities are nearly endless, but it also opens up the world of online pornography, social media, and cyberbullying. This article will help give you the tools and resources necessary for a safe and enjoyable experience on your child’s new device. Real security is a multi-layered approach. There are no silver bullets. No one single measure will cover all the bases. Overlapping security structures will provide a relatively safe (but not perfectly safe) environment.


April 29, 2015 
NEWS RELEASE: Alonso Autopsy Results

News ImageSANTA ANA, Calif. – (April 29, 2015) – On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner Division conducted an autopsy of Erica Alonso, 28, following yesterday’s discovery of her body in the Cleveland National Forest. Following the autopsy and extensive examination of her body, the cause of death is “undetermined” and there were no obvious physical signs of trauma. Sheriff’s Investigators continue to examine information and process evidence collected throughout the investigation.

Fingerprints were collected during the autopsy and are currently being matched with Cal-ID records to officially confirm Alonso’s identify. Confirmation is expected later this evening or tomorrow.

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.