|For Immediate Release
Case #TBA January 30, 2008
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Public Affairs Counsel
HUNTINGTON BEACH MAN TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR MAKING CRIMINAL THREATS AGAINST OC SUPERVISOR
SANTA ANA – A Huntington Beach man was charged today for sending an email threat to Supervisor John Moorlach, threatening his family and the other four supervisors. Steve Van Arroyo, 50, Huntington Beach, is charged with one felony count of criminal threats and one felony count of threatening a public official. Arroyo faces up to three years in prison if convicted and is being held on $50,000 bail. The defendant will be arraigned today at 1:30 p.m. in Department C-57, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
On Friday, January 25, 2008, one of Moorlach’s staff members received a phone call from a “Dusty” asking for Supervisor Moorlach’s email address. On Saturday, January 26, 2008, Arroyo is accused of sending a threatening email to Moorlach’s work email account.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigated this case. The defendant is accused of living at the residence where the IP address was registered.
Deputy District Attorney Andre Manssourian of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case.