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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

OC Men Arrested for Allegedly Having Sex with a Minor


Two Orange County men have been arrested and charged with child molestation involving sex with a high school girl from Trabuco Hills High School in Mission Viejo.

The Orange County Sheriff's Departments news release say the investigation began in early in October, when a concerned parent contacted the School Resource Officer (SRO) at Trabuco Hills to report an inappropriate relationship between a minor finale, 13 years or younger, and an adult male. 

The SRO contacted investigators from the Orange County Child Exploitation Task Force, who then interviewed the victim. The victim told investigators she had a sexual relationship with a person she believed to be her boyfriend named Alex Valesquez. It was later determined that Valesquez is Benjamin Avila, 26, of Anaheim. The victim, identified only as Jane Doe, also stated she had sex with another adult male, who she referred to as "Alex's Uncle," who was later identified as Jose Luis Gonzalez, 63, of Anaheim. 

The victim alleges the sexual relationships occurred from March 2013 until September 2013. Investigators allege the victim, identified only as Jane Doe 1, met Avila through an online dating website called Waplog.com. He pretended to be only 18 and used the fake name Alex Valesquez. The girl said the men told her that she had to have sex with Gonzalez in order to continue to see Avila.

While talking with investigators, the victim allegedly provided a detailed description of Gonzalez's home and vehicle; which was later confirmed by investigators. Investigators located explicit text messaging between the victim and Avila which also implicated Gonzalez. 

Avila and Gonzalez were arrested Thursday for child molestation of a female, 13 years or younger, communicating with a minor online and arranging to meet a minor for a lewd act. Both men are due back in court on Nov. 15.

Avila's bail was set at $100,000 and Gonzalez's bail was set at $1 million. Gonzalez's bail was set higher due in part to a 2000 allegation that he molested a girl under 10 years old. But that case was dismissed.

Investigators say electronic communication between Avila and Gonzalez indicate they have together targeted and met other females for sex. Authorities say, based on emails and text messages, they're concerned there may be other potential victims.

If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges, call an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney to fight your charges and/or reduce your sentence. Call Brower & Associates, the Orange County criminal defense attorneys who will fight for your rights!

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Huntington Beach Murder, OC Man Arrested

Rito Tejeda, 22, of Santa Ana, who was seen covered in blood and walking down a Huntington Beach street was charged Friday with fatally stabbing a 51-year-old man.

An off-duty officer spotted Tejeda with blood on his clothes and body near Knoxville Avenue and Delaware Street on Wednesday, said the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. The officer called the Huntington Beach Police Department. Tejeda was taken to a hospital for treatment of superficial wounds.

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Authorities say officers found a body inside an apartment unit on the 1400 block of Delaware Street shortly after 11 a.m. Wednesday. The man's body was discovered shortly after someone called police reporting a man walking down Delaware Street, who appeared to have been stabbed. Detectives said they later discovered the body of 51-year-old Frederick Sledge in a nearby apartment. Tejeda is accused of repeatedly stabbing Sledge in the apartment before leaving on foot.

The Orange County District Attorney's Office said in a department statement that Tejeda was charged with one felony count of murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon. Tejeda faces a maximum 26 years to life in state prison and is being held on $1 million bail.

Tejeda is scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 22 in Westminster’s West Justice Center.

If you or a loved one has been arrested or charged with a crime, it is paramount that you are represented by an aggressive and experienced criminal defense attorney who will fight for your rights and charges. The experienced criminal defense attorneys at Brower and Associates are ready to fight for you, call Brower and Associates for help with your case today.
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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Two Arrested LAX Dry Ice Explosions


A dry ice bomb in a plastic bottle exploded in an employee restroom at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday, October 13, and then another went off outside the Tom Bradley International Terminal Monday, October 14. A third bomb was found before it went off.

Dicarlo Bennett, 28, is one of the two LAX employees accused of setting off dry ice bombs at Los Angeles International Airport. He pleaded not guilty to charged on Thursday, October 17. Dicarlo was arrested Tuesday at his Paramount apartment. Investigators say Bennett is not a terrorist, but a ramp supervisor who allegedly confessed to making the bombs for the fun of it.

While Bennet faces jail time if convicted, the incident exposes a potential hole in security involving vendors who leave the dry ice behind, making it accessible for creation of the bottle bombs.

The second person arrested in connection with the dry ice explosions is Bennett’s supervisor, Miguel Angel Iniguez, 41. Iniguez has allegedly admitted to placing one of the dry ice bombs outside Tom Bradley International Terminal while a plane was parked nearby. Iniguez has been charged with possession of a destructive device near an aircraft. His bail has been set at $500,000.

Though Bennet has no previous convictions, he is being held on $1 million bail, a bail hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday of this week. 


A dry ice bomb in a plastic bottle exploded in an employee restroom at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday, October 13, and then another went off outside the Tom Bradley International Terminal Monday, October 14. A third bomb was found before it went off.


Dicarlo Bennett, 28, is one of the two LAX employees accused of setting off dry ice bombs at Los Angeles International Airport. He pleaded not guilty to charged on Thursday, October 17. Dicarlo was arrested Tuesday at his Paramount apartment. Investigators say Bennett is not a terrorist, but a ramp supervisor who allegedly confessed to making the bombs for the fun of it.

While Bennet faces jail time if convicted, the incident exposes a potential hole in security involving vendors who leave the dry ice behind, making it accessible for creation of the bottle bombs.

The second person arrested in connection with the dry ice explosions is Bennett’s supervisor, Miguel Angel Iniguez, 41. Iniguez has allegedly admitted to placing one of the dry ice bombs outside Tom Bradley International Terminal while a plane was parked nearby. Iniguez has been charged with possession of a destructive device near an aircraft. His bail has been set at $500,000.

Though Bennet has no previous convictions, he is being held on $1 million bail, a bail hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday of this week. 

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Trial Murtaza OC Double Homicide


Trial has begun this week for an Van Nuys man accused of murdering an Orange County man and his daughter, as well as attempting to murder the Orange County man’s wife.

An Orange County prosecutor’s opening statement labels Iftekhar Murtaza as being a rejected boyfriend who turned into an infatuated killer when his girlfriend told him her parents wanted them to break up because he was Muslim and they were Hindus.
Deputy District Attorney Howard Gundy told jurors that after Shayona Dhanak broke up with Murtaza, he enlisted the help of friends to help kill her family, believing that by eliminating them, she would reunite with him.

Murtaza and one of the men he enlisted are accused of breaking into the family's home in May 2007 and beating and stabbing the father. When his former girlfriend's sister came home, she was detained, as was the mother. The burned bodies of the father, Jaypraykash Dhanak, 56, and sister, Karishma Dhanak, 20, were found later in a secluded area near UC Irvine. The autopsy showed that Jaypraykash Dhanak was stabbed 29 times, but died as a result of a crushing injury to the back of his skull, Gundy said. Karishma Dhanak had a large gash on her throat and bled to death, the prosecutor said.

The family's Anaheim Hills mansion was set on fire, and the girlfriend's mother was found on a neighboring lawn, beaten so severely that she was in a coma for weeks.

Murtaza was later arrested at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport with a ticket to Bangladesh via London and $11,500 cash in $100 bills. Prosecutors said they will seek the death penalty if Murtaza is convicted.

A criminal conviction is costly. You may serve time in prison, you may have your license revoked, your career and family life will be disrupted, and your record will be stained by such convictions. Our goal at Brower and Associates is to provide an aggressive and comprehensive defense to those accused of a crime throughout Orange County. If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, contact Brower and Associates today. 

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