While last weekend’s double mass shooting in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio has resulted in both political parties attacking the rights of the people and proposing more violations of the Constitution, there isn’t even a peep from the gun grabbers about any sort of knife ban after four people were murdered and two more wounded in a stabbing spree in California.
Police are referring to 33-year-old Zachary Castaneda as a “violent criminal,” and considering the nature of his crime, they couldn’t be more spot on.
“He is a violent criminal who should have never been considered for release,” Garden Grove Mayor Steven R. Jones said.
Jones also blasted a California state Assembly bill passed into law by voters in 2011 that apparently hastened the suspect’s release from incarceration, according to ABC News.
Police said a 33-year-old Hispanic male from Garden Grove was arrested outside a 7-Eleven in Santa Ana, after a series of robberies and violent attacks that Lt. Carl Whitney with Garden Grove Police Department called “pure evil” at a news conference. The suspect’s identity was not immediately released.
The series of events began when police were alerted to a burglary at a Garden Grove apartment complex at 12162 Jentges Ave. shortly after 4 p.m., Whitney said. The apartment had clearly been ransacked.
Then around 4:23 p.m., police got a report of a robbery at a bakery at 13040 Chapman Ave. in Garden Grove. No one was injured in that incident. Police gathered from witnesses that the suspect was driving a silver Mercedes.
Officers were then called back to the same apartment at Jentges Ave. shortly after 5 p.m., where the suspect had apparently returned and stabbed two men who lived there, police said. One victim was found inside the apartment while another was outside.
One was pronounced dead at the scene. The other was taken to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries, Whitney said.
At 5:40 p.m., police were alerted to robbery in progress at the Cash N More on 12845 Harbor Blvd. No one was harmed in that robbery.
About 25 minutes later, police were called to another robbery in progress, this time at Best One insurance agency at Harbor Boulevard and Garden Grove Boulevard.
A witness said that a female employee was stabbed multiple times before the suspect fled the business. Police said the victim was conscious and talking, and is expected to survive.
Police were alerted to another stabbing around 6:09 p.m. at a Chevron at Harbor Boulevard and Banner Drive. A man was pumping gas when the suspect confronted him and attacked. Witnesses reported seeing the suspect attack “with multiple knives or machetes,” Whitney said.
Whitney said the victim suffered “a laceration to face, where his nose was almost severed off,” and suffered stab wounds to his back. That man was taken to a local hospital and is expected to survive.
Around 6:25 p.m., law enforcement located the suspect’s silver Mercedes at a 7-11 store at Harbor and 1st Street in Santa Ana.
Whitney said officers confronted the suspect as he left the 7-11 carrying a knife and a handgun. The suspect dropped both weapons and complied with officers’ demands, and was taken into custody.
Before police arrived, the suspect had disarmed a security guard inside the 7-11 and stabbed him. That security guard was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to Commander Robert Rodriguez with Santa Ana Police Department.
Officers at the scene then learned that just before they arrived, the suspect had stabbed a customer during a robbery inside a Subway restaurant across the street. Responding Santa Ana police and paramedics attempted life-saving measures, but the man did not survive.
All those killed were Hispanic males.
No doubt hate was involved as all crime is the result of hate, not love. Still, after all the propaganda, police thought it best to just make mention that hate was involved.
Garden Grove police Lt. Carl Whitney said the only known motives for the attacks were “robbery, hate, homicide.”
He added, “We know this guy was full of anger and he harmed a lot of people tonight.”
“We have video showing him attacking these people and conducting these murders,” Whitney continued.
The incidents are currently being investigated.
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