Calif. police say stabbing spree suspect is known gang member

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 9:13 AM PT — Friday, August 9, 2019

California authorities say the man accused of an Orange County stabbing spree is known gang member. On Thursday, Garden Grove Police said the suspect was previously convicted in 2014 of meth possession with the intent to sell while armed with a semi-automatic rifle. The police chief added, he should have never been set free.

Officials are still searching for a motive after accusing the man of stabbing people at random in two Southern California cities within the span of two hours. Police also said if the suspect had not been apprehended within hours, more people would have been attacked or killed.

Garden Grove Police Chief Tom DaRe, center, and PIO Carl Whitney address the media next to a booking mug shot of Zachary Castaneda posted outside of the Garden Grove Police Department headquarters in Garden Grove, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. Investigators believe Castaneda, a documented gang member, stabbed several people to death and wounded a few others as he targeted his victims at random during a bloody rampage across two Southern California cities, authorities said. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

“He never told us why he did this. We know at three locations he robbed people for cash, so we don’t know if the motive behind this was purely for robbery, but there was no indication that this was a hate crime. We just know this was a random act of violence and the guy unleashed evil across our two counties.” — Carl Whitney, Lt. Garden Grove Police Department

The suspect was reportedly arrested last month on drug charges, and was accused of a concealed knife possession while on bail for street gang vandalism.