Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
June 17, 2009
Susan Kang Schroeder
FLEEING DRUNKEN FELON ON PROBATION TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR MURDERING INNOCENT DRIVER AND INJURING ANOTHER WHILE RECKLESSLY RUNNING AWAY FROM THE POLICE IN HIS CAR
FULLERTON – A fleeing felon on probation driving under the influence of alcohol more than four times the legal limit was charged today with four felony counts for killing an innocent driver and causing great bodily injury to another driver while recklessly running from the police. Oscar Javier de la Torre Villalobos, 22, Menifee, was charged with felonies including one count of murder, one count of driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage causing bodily injury, one count of driving under the influence with a blood alcohol level of over .08 percent causing bodily injury, and one count of evading the police while driving recklessly and causing serious bodily injury and death. The defendant was charged with sentencing enhancements for personally inflicting great bodily injury on a non-accomplice victim and two prison prior convictions of possessing a firearm as a felon and felony domestic violence. If convicted on all charges, the defendant faces a maximum sentence of 21 years and four months to life in state prison. He is being held on $1 million bail and is scheduled to be arraigned today, June 17, 2009, Department N-3, North Justice Center, Fullerton.
At approximately 7:40 p.m. on June 15, 2009, Villalobos is accused of driving a red 1999 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck in Anaheim. The passenger of defendant’s car, Alejandro Serrano, 22, Moreno Valley, is accused of exiting the car and assaulting a man on the sidewalk. The defendant is accused of driving passenger Serrano to a nearby Home Depot parking lot.
Within minutes, Anaheim police officers located the pick-up truck in the Home Depot parking lot and began to approach the vehicle. The Home Depot was open at this time and there were parked vehicles, moving vehicles, and customers going in and out of the store. Villalobos is accused of looking at one of the officers, starting his engine, and refusing to comply with the police officer’s command to turn off the engine. The defendant is accused of accelerating away, spinning and squealing the tires, and leading the police in a high-speed pursuit. Anaheim police officers driving in two fully marked black and white police vehicles with sirens and lights activated and began following the defendant’s truck. Three other police vehicles later responded to assist the pursuit.
Villalobos is accused of driving out of the parking lot going eastbound on Gramercy Avenue and nearly colliding with two other vehicles. While fleeing from police, the defendant is accused of running multiple stop signs, weaving in and out of traffic, and nearly colliding with several vehicles and pedestrians. The defendant is accused of driving 90 miles per hour on Crescent Avenue, which has a 40 mile per hour speed limit.
At about 7:44 p.m., the defendant is accused of crashing his car into another vehicle while running a red light at the intersection of Magnolia Avenue and Crescent Avenue. Several vehicles were involved in this collision as a result of the initial impact. Victim Orlando Botello, 49, Chino Hills, was the driver of one of the cars involved in this collision. He died at the scene. The defendant is accused of causing multiple blunt force trauma injuries to the victim’s head and causing his death. Victim Carlos Butrus, 23, Cypress, was driving another vehicle. The defendant is accused of causing Mr. Butrus’ injuries including a broken pelvis, broken ribs, broken shoulder, and ruptured bladder. Mr. Butrus remains in the hospital. Serrano, the passenger in defendant’s car, is currently in the hospital with multiple facial fractures and other serious injuries.