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. – A homeless third striker was sentenced today to 21 years to life in state prison for robbing and assaulting a Santa Ana business owner.
Fernando Zazueta Gonzalez, 61, Santa Ana
Second degree robbery
Kidnapping to commit robbery
Assault with deadly weapon other than firearm
Attempted criminal threats with intent to terrorize
(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.