ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY

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TONY RACKAUCKAS, District Attorney
 
 

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ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY<h3>NEWS RELEASE</h3>TONY RACKAUCKAS, District Attorney

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ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY<h3>NEWS RELEASE</h3>TONY RACKAUCKAS, District Attorney

 

Case # 17HF1197

Date: September 1, 2017

BROTHERS TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR BURGLARIZING AND VANDALIZING HARVEST CHURCH IN IRVINE AND POSSESSING ASSAULT RIFLE

SANTA ANA, Calif. – Two brothers are scheduled to be arraigned today for burglarizing and vandalizing Harvest Church in Irvine and possessing an assault rifle at their apartment.

Defendant

Charges

Maximum Sentence

Court Date

Brandon Joseph Vielkind, 23, Anaheim

 

 

Charged today with the following felony counts:

  • Second degree burglary
  • Vandalism over $400
  • Possession of an assault weapon
  • Unlawful assault weapon activity

Four years and four months in state prison

Arraignment

Sept. 1, 2017, time to be determined

Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana

Paul Vincent Vielkind, 24, Riverside

 

All four counts above, plus:

  • Possession of a firearm with a prior enumerated offense
  • Possession of ammunition by a prohibited person

Prior Convictions

  • Assault with a deadly weapon in 2017 in Riverside

10 years in state prison

Arraignment

Sept. 1, 2017, time to be determined

Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana

Circumstances of the Case

  • On Aug. 30, 2017, at approximately 6:30 p.m., Brandon and Paul Vielkind are accused of driving to Harvest Church in Irvine, which was unoccupied.
  • The defendants are accused of entering the church by smashing a glass window.
  • Paul and Brandon Vielkind are accused of possessing four boxes of ammunition and an airsoft replica rifle.
  • The defendants are accused of vandalizing the church by destroying or defacing various items including electronic equipment, musical instruments, and electrical wiring.
  • A security guard at a neighboring building observed two people breaking into the church with a firearm and contacted the Irvine Police Department (IPD), who responded to the scene.
  • At approximately 9:15 p.m., the defendants are accused of throwing a smoke bomb, removing articles of clothing, and exiting the building following negotiations with IPD.
  • IPD arrested the defendants and they are accused of possessing a handgun and an assault rifle at Brandon’s apartment in Anaheim.

Prosecutor: Deputy District Attorney Craig Cazares, Harbor Justice Center

 



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