Zachary Castaneda Biography
Zachary Castaneda is the gang member violently stabbing a woman at an insurance agency during a gruesome crime spree in which four people were killed and two others wounded. He arrested after stabbing four people and wounding two others in Southern California. According to the police record, he is a documented gang member with a violent criminal record and has served time in prison. The police said they believed Castaneda targeted his victims at random while robbing businesses during a two-hour wave of violence on August 7, 2019.
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Zachary Castaneda Age
He is 33 years old
Zachary Castaneda Video
Graphic video released by Garden Grove Police of one victim of yesterday’s stabbing spree. Shows the brutality of the crimes. The suspect, allegedly, 33-year-old Zachary Castaneda is accused of killing 4 and injuring 2 random victims at 8 crime scenes. pic.twitter.com/czP4cDJW2Y
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Police said the woman in the video is a 54-year-old employee who was stabbed several times and was expected to survive.
The woman ‘was very brave,’ police said. ‘She fought as best she could.’
An alarm company saw the robbery on a live television feed and called the police.
Police in Southern California released horrific surveillance footage on Thursday showing an alleged 33-year-old gang member violently stabbing a woman at an insurance agency during a gruesome crime spree in which four people were killed and two others wounded.
ICYMI: Police have identified the suspect in the California stabbing rampage as 33-year-old Zachary Castaneda, a documented gang member, AP reported pic.twitter.com/BdjBv0a9sj
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The video’s timestamp shows that at around 6 pm on Wednesday, a man in a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and blue t-shirt underneath walked into the Best One insurance agency in Garden Grove, California.
The man initially appears to be carrying a small over-the-shoulder knapsack.
He then approaches the front desk, where a woman is sitting near a computer.
Zachary Castaneda Mother
Zachary has been living with his mother and according to AP News, she had once asked the police how she could evict her son.
Zachary Castaneda Wife
Castaneda married to Yessica Rodriguez. According to court records, she sought a restraining order in 2018 after she said Castaneda threw a beer can at her 16-year-old daughter. She said also sought an order against him in 2009 when he broke her arm during a fight. Earlier this years she filed for divorce and custody for their two children.
Zachary Castaneda Children
Zachary together with his ex-wife has two children, sons aged 7 and 12. Prior to the Wednesday stabbing spree, Garden Grove police Lt. Carl Whitney told reporters that police had previously gone to Castaneda’s Garden Grove apartment to deal with a child custody issue.
Zachary Castaneda Garden Grove Stabbing Spree
Stabbing rampage in CA kills 4, wounds 2 – Zachary Castaneda held on $1-million bail. Hows gun control working for knife stores? https://t.co/Nh3HJOCrK3
— Energy Parks (@EnergyParks) August 8, 2019
On August 7, 2019, Zachary Castaneda, who is a gang member, went on a stabbing spree killing four people and wounded two others across two Southern California cities. He had been out on bail for a charge last month of carrying a concealed dagger.
Castaneda killed two people in an apartment complex he used to live in. According to the police the surveillance cameras caught some of the carnage.
“We have a video showing him attacking these people and conducting these murders.”
He also robbed a bakery, where the owner, Dona Beltran, avoided a potentially violent confrontation because she was in her car charging her mobile phone. She told the police that she saw the man get out of a Mercedes and went into the business. She followed him inside to offer help but when she saw him try to open the cash register she kept quiet and ran out of the shop yelling she was getting robbed. She took refuge in a nearby dental office and Castaneda ended up taking the entire register with him, which had about $200, she said.
Updates on the SoCal stabbing spree: Police say the suspect, Zachary Castaneda, was gang member who was released early from prison as result of A.B. 109, an initiative to cut state prison population.
Cops were heavily critical of A.B. 109 during presser. https://t.co/GNRH3oR4GE
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) August 8, 2019
Castaneda also robbed an insurance business, where he stabbed a 54-year-old employee severally but is expected to survive. An alarm company saw the robbery on a live television feed and called the police. According to the police he fled with cash and also robbed a check-cashing business next door.
He then drove to Chevron station where he attacked a 44-year-old man pumping gas “for no reason.”
The undercover detectives tracked his silver Mercedes to the parking lot of the 7-Eleven in Santa Ana and within a minute the man emerged from the store, carrying a large knife and the gun he had cut from the belt of a security guard after stabbing him. He was ordered to drop his weapons and he complied and was arrested.
Zachary Castaneda Robbery
Castaneda allegedly robbed the insurance agency and stabbed the woman as part of a frantic, bloody two-hour crime spree that left four people dead and two others wounded.
33 yo Zachary Castaneda(D)https://t.co/RNxjLGBYPQ
Garden Grove POC goes on a stabbing spree in Orange County Killing 4 so… it’s time for a ‘reasonable”common sense’ conversation to ram #KnifeControl down the throats of White Suburban America! #KnifeControlNow
— Attacked By Jussie ن (@BarrysStrawman) August 8, 2019
Zachary Castaneda Arrest
A blood-covered Castaneda was taken into custody when he walked out of a convenience store in neighboring Santa Ana, dropping a knife and gun he had taken from a security guard he had just killed, police said.
Castaneda was kept in restraints as detectives tried to interview him.
Castaneda was taken into custody when he walked out of a convenience store in the neighboring city of Santa Ana, dropping a knife and a gun he had taken from a security guard he had just killed, police said. The suspect was covered in blood, DaRe said.
Zachary Castaneda Victims
.@GardenGrovePD says Zachary Castaneda, the man suspected of killing 4 people, severely injuring 2 others and carrying out multiple armed robberies during a stabbing frenzy, is a gang member with a violent criminal history but was released from prison early b/c of AB109. @KNX1070 pic.twitter.com/xLiwX1xerS
— Cooper Rummell (@KNXCooper) August 8, 2019
One of the victims, Helmuth Hauprich, 62, was described by his son, Erwin Hauprich as a hard-working immigrant originally from Romania. Hauprich said his father called him on Wednesday and told him his Garden Grove apartment had been burglarized. His passport, green card, sword collection and even a dining table were taken. He added that his father never called back and he went to check on him after hearing there had been a stabbing at the complex. He said that he was told by a police officer that his father had been taken to hospital where he died and that even his father’s roommate was also killed in the apartment.
He stabbed a 54-year-old employee at an insurance business. According to a surveillance video released on Thursday it shows a man in a hoodie entering the office, confronting the woman as she sits at a desk, then suddenly pulling two knives — one of which appears to be a butcher knife — and stabbing at her at least a dozen times as she throws up her hands to defend herself. The woman then gets up and runs into a corner, blocking the man by putting two chairs between them. He then appears to steal something from the office and leaves.
He also attacked a man at a Chevron station. According to the lieutenant the man was stabbed in the back and “his nose was nearly severed off his face.” He was hospitalized in stable condition.
The police said she was hospitalized in critical but stable condition. According to the Orange County coroner’s office, he had also killed a man identified as Robert Parker, 58, of Orange, who died at the 7-Eleven in Santa Ana.
The officials said that Pascual Rioja Lorenzo, 39, of Garden Grove, who worked at a nearby Subway restaurant, also had been fatally stabbed during a robbery.
Zachary Castaneda Criminal History
Castaneda has a long criminal record which includes prison stints for possession of meth for sale while armed with an assault rifle and car theft. According to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, he was released on probation in January 2016 after serving about two years of a four-year sentence.
In July 2019 he was arrested and charged with having a concealed dagger and drug charges. At the time he was out on bail for his June arrest on charges of street gang vandalism.
In 2009 he had been convicted of spousal abuse and paroled after serving about a year in prison. He was released from parole in that case in 2014.
Fast Facts You Need to Know
- Police release video of violent knife assault inside an insurance agency in Garden Grove, California on Wednesday
- A man in a hooded sweater is seen violently stabbing an employee before running out with a fistful of cash
- Police say the assailant in the video is Zachary Castaneda, 33, a gang member with a violent criminal record
- He was booked into Orange County jail on suspicion of murder, attempted murder, armed robbery and burglary, according to police
- Police said Castaneda went on a two-hour ‘random’ crime spree in California and Santa Ana on Wednesday, killing four people and injuring two others
- He ‘could have killed many other people’ had not been arrested, police said
- Castaneda ‘remained violent’ with police after he was arrested, despite remaining in his restraints, and did not tell police what his motive was
- He is being held on $1 million bail, according to California authorities