Orange County was left in sorrow Wednesday as known gang member, Zachary Castaneda killed 4 people, and injured many more in a violent rampage with a knife. He was charged with 4 counts of murder, one count of attempted murder, burglary and half a dozen other felonies connected with the attacks in Santa Ana and Garden Grove, as authorities have reported.
All that on top of other charges he faces with special enhancements for multiple murders, burglaries, and committing crimes while out on bail for other crimes.
Castaneda now faces life without possibility for parole if he is convicted of these charges, which he shamelessly pleaded not guilty to. It also seems that the death penalty may not be out of the question either as District Attorney, Todd Spitzer says in a statement, “I am immediately convening the Orange County district attorney’s Death Penalty Review Committee to determine whether to seek the death penalty in this case.”
Security footage captured Castaneda violently attacking and robbing a female employee with a “machete-style” knife in each hand. The woman defended herself, but was unable to succeed in incapacitating the assailant. However, she was rushed to the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery, despite her vicious wounds.
Authorities are having a hard time searching for a clear motive from the suspect as he did not know any of his victims. In all honesty, it seems like it was truly just a violent rampage fueled by the anger, and psychotic need to harm others that prompted this man to go out, and ruin the lives of the victims and their families.
4 men were killed along with several others were injured. Family members identified one of the individuals killed as 62-year-old Helmuth Hauprich, a resident of the same apartment complex as Castaneda.