SANTA ANA, Calif. – Police arrested a man allegedly robbing and attacking random people with ‘machete knives’ in Southern California on Wednesday, but not before he was able to fatally stab four and wound two more.

A report from KTLA 5 confirmed that the 33-year-old assailant allegedly stabbed a woman at an insurance business, two men at the Garden Grove apartment complex where he lived and a man at a gas station. The crimes spanned a period of two hours from Garden Grove to Santa Ana. They say that during the string of criminal activity, the suspect violently robbed his victims. 


Police arrested a 33-year-old man in connection with the stabbing spree. (KTLA 5 Broadcast)


Police did not provide information regarding the identity of the suspect, but commented that he was “full of anger.”


The two men from the Garden Grove complex were killed, along with a security guard at a 7-11 convenience store and a Subway employee, police said. 

The OC Register reported that Louis Chavez, 24, was putting air in his tire when he said he saw a man in a black hoodie walk up to the man pumping gas and, without a word, started hitting him. Chavez said the man slashed the other man’s face and stabbed him at least once in the shoulder.

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The woman from the insurance business and the gas station victim both survived their wounds, but the gas station attack was incredibly severe as the suspect nearly severed the victim’s nose from their face.

“This guy was armed with knives,”  Whitney said about the woman inside the insurance business. “She fought as best she could.”

The wounded victims were transported to the hospital on Wednesday night and are expected to survive.

Police were able to step in and apprehend the suspect after he attacked people inside the 7-11 store. They were able to take him into custody without incident. Authorities say they have recovered security footage that showed some of the alleged attacks. It will be reviewed by investigators. 


Police were looking for a motive in the attacks but could only say that it appeared to stem from “robbery, hate, homicide,” Garden Grove police Lt. Carl Whitney said on Wednesday night.

“We know this guy was full of anger and he harmed a lot of people tonight,” Whitney said.

Authorities also mentioned that the suspect and all of the victims were of Hispanic descent, but it was not related. 

“These are all random acts of violence, our suspect was not connected to any of our victims,” Whitney said.


Whitney went on to praise the public for their assistance in helping victims.

“A lot of citizens came forward and rendered aid to the guy with his nose that was nearly severed off,” Whitney said. “They were willing to come forward and help the Police Department, give us information that was crucial in getting this guy identified and help this guy who was stabbed and sustained serious injuries. The public really stepped up to help this guy.”


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