UPDATE: Sept. 23, 2020
ANAHEIM, Calif. – At about 6:20 a.m., on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 33-year-old Jose DeJesus Berrelleza, confronted a suspect who was in the act of stealing Berrelleza’s work van. During that confrontation, Berrelleza fell from the stolen vehicle as it fled. Berrelleza was run over, and killed. It is believed Berrelleza, the father of an 8-year-old daughter, attempted to stop the theft of the vehicle to prevent the loss of his livelihood.
In the resulting investigation, Anaheim Police Investigators located the stolen vehicle and detained three suspects related to the incident. Anaheim homicide detectives have arrested the three listed suspects for their involvement in the crime, Anaheim Police Department said in a news release.
- 28-year-old Anaheim resident Omar Sanchez: 187 pc (murder), 215 PC (carjacking) and 496 PC (receiving stolen property).
- 21-year-old Anaheim resident Yesenia Escareno: 187 PC (murder), 215 PC (carjacking) and 496 PC (receiving stolen property).
- 29-year-old Anaheim resident Adriana Gomez: 32 PC (accessory).
Sept. 22, 2020
ANAHEIM, Calif. – At about 6:20 am, on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, an adult male victim in the area of 100 S. Melinda Circle in the City of Anaheim confronted a suspect who was in the act of stealing the victim’s vehicle. During that confrontation, a collision between the fleeing vehicle and the victim occurred. The victim died on-scene as a result of his injuries.
The stolen vehicle was later recovered in Anaheim and multiple subjects have been detained, according to Anaheim Police Department. There is currently no additional threat to public safety stemming from this incident.
The deceased victim has been identified as 33-year-old Anaheim resident Jose DeJesus Berrelleza, according to a news release. Police had no further information regarding a suspect or arrest. The case has been classified as a murder.