HOMELESS THIRD STRIKER SENTENCED TO 21 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR ROBBING AND ASSAULTING SANTA ANA BUSINESS OWNER

*Police used “Find My iPhone” to locate defendant in a tent behind Orange County Superior Courthouse

SANTA ANA, Calif. – (RealEstateRama) — A homeless third striker was sentenced today to 21 years to life in state prison for robbing and assaulting a Santa Ana business owner.

Defendant Charges Prior Convictions Sentence
Fernando Zazueta Gonzalez, 61, Santa Ana Felony

  • Second degree robbery
  • Kidnapping to commit robbery
  • Assault with deadly weapon other than firearm
  • Attempted criminal threats with intent to terrorize

Sentencing Enhancements

  • (2) Personally using deadly weapon
In Orange County:

  • Burglary in 1983 and 1992
  • Robbery in 1979, 1986, and 1989
21 years to life in state prison

Circumstances of the Case

  • On March 9, 2017, at approximately 8:30 p.m., Gonzalez entered a beauty supply business on West 3rd Street in the city of Santa Ana.
  • The defendant brandished a black pellet gun which appeared to be a real handgun, pistol-whipped the owner of the store, and dragged the victim into a small back room.
  • Gonzalez restrained the victim and demanded money while holding the pellet gun against the victim’s head, threatening to kill her.
  • The defendant then stole the victim’s iPhone from the front counter and fled.
  • Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) officers responded to the scene, located the victim, and were able to use the “Find My iPhone” application to trace the victim’s phone to a tent located in the Plaza of the Flags near the Orange County Superior Courthouse.
  • SAPD officers located the victim’s iPhone near the defendant’s tent, and arrested Gonzalez.

Prosecutor: Deputy District Attorney Shiba Etemadian, Felony Panel.

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Michelle Van Der Linden,Spokesperson
Office: 714-347-8405
Cell: 714-323-448

Susan Kang Schroeder, Chief of Staff
Office: 714-347-8408
Cell: 714-292-2718

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