Zachary Castaneda has been identified as a 33-year-old street gang member who is responsible for a mass stabbing attack in California that left four people dead. The stabbings took place in Garden Grove and Santa Ana, California.
According to authorities, Castaneda was known to be a violent gang member and he should not have been allowed to be on the streets after multiple arrests.
“Based upon his prior arrest record, he is a violent individual who should have never been considered for early release based on Assembly Bill 109. He has been identified as a documented gang member,” said Garden Grove Police Chief Tom DaRe said. “As a police chief, I implore our policy makers to reconsider their policies on criminal justice. The pendulum has swung so far that it is increasingly difficult to keep our communities safe from the rise in violent crime. California law enforcement agencies have been crippled by Assembly Bill 109 and offenders are not being held accountable for their crimes.”
“As a police chief, I implore our policy makers to reevaluate their policies on criminal justice. The pendulum has swung so far that it is increasingly difficult to keep our communities safe from the rise in violent crime.”
According to CBS Los Angeles, Castaneda had been jailed 14 times since 2016.
Castaneda was arrested and booked into the Orange County jail on suspicion of murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, and burglary. His bail was set at $1 million.
Three of the victims have been identified as Pascual Rioja Lorenzo, 39; Helmuth Hauprich, 62; and Robert Parker, 58.
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