The Latest: Stabbing suspect gang member with violent record

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a deadly stabbing rampage in Southern California (all times local):

1:10 p.m.

Authorities say the man arrested after stabbing four people and wounding two others in Southern California is a documented gang member with a violent criminal record who had served time in prison.

Garden Grove Police Chief Tom DaRe said Thursday that he believes Zachary Castaneda would have killed or injured many other people if he hadn’t been arrested during the rampage.

Investigators say they believe the 33-year-old targeted his victims at random while robbing businesses during a two-hour wave of violence Wednesday.

It wasn’t immediately known if Castaneda had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.


10:45 a.m.

One of the four people killed in a Southern California stabbing rampage has been identified by his son.

Erwin Hauprich says his father, 62-year-old Helmuth Hauprich, died at a hospital Wednesday after he and his roommate were attacked at their Garden Grove apartment.

The son says his father, who was born in Romania, had called him earlier and told him the apartment had been burglarized and his passport, green card, a sword collection and a dining table had been taken.

Erwin Hauprich says he later heard there was a stabbing at the complex and went to check. He says a police officer told him his father was taken to a hospital, where he died. The roommate died in the apartment.

A suspect has been arrested.

The son says his father left Romania for Germany and then the United States more than two decades ago.


8:15 a.m.

Police have blocked off the roads to a Southern California apartment complex where two people were stabbed during a man’s deadly rampage in two cities killed four people.

Police cars are parked Thursday outside the two-story complex known as Casa de Portola in the city of Garden Grove, and yellow police tape blocks surrounding residential streets.

The attacks at multiple locations Wednesday afternoon in Garden Grove and in neighboring Santa Ana left four people dead and two wounded.

Police arrested the suspect at a convenience store about a 10-minute drive away from the complex down a thoroughfare lined with auto shops, fast food restaurants and motels that cuts through central Orange County, south of Los Angeles.

The suspect has not been identified.


11:40 p.m.

Authorities say a man who was “full of anger” stabbed, slashed and robbed his way across two Southern California cities in a bloody rampage that killed four people and wounded two others who were apparently targeted at random.

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.

Police say he was arrested as he walked out of a convenience store in neighboring Santa Ana, dropping a knife and a gun he had taken from a security guard he had just killed. The man’s name wasn’t immediately released.

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