|For Immediate Release
Case # 12HF2748
September 21, 2012
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
MAN TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR MURDERING MAN FOUND SLEEPING ON GIRLFRIEND’S COUCH
*Girlfriend and another man to be arraigned on charges of helping him after the crime
SANTA ANA – A man is scheduled to be arraigned today for the stabbing-murder of a Costa Mesa man that he found sleeping in his girlfriend’s home. Adolph Guadalupe Mireles, 38, Huntington Beach, is facing one felony count of murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon. If convicted, Mireles faces a maximum sentence of 26 years to life in state prison and is being held on no bail.
Madelyn Isabel Martinez, 37, Costa Mesa, and Balraj Singh, 41, Northridge, are both facing one felony count of accessory after the crime. If convicted, they face a maximum sentence of three years in state prison. They’re being held on $50,000 bail. The three defendants are scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon, Sept. 21, 2012, in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.
At approximately 6:00 a.m. on Sept. 4, 2012, Mireles is accused of entering the Costa Mesa home where Martinez was living. Mireles is accused of seeing the victim 43-year-old Robert Liken sleeping on the couch and instigating a physical altercation. Mireles is accused of arming himself with a knife during the confrontation and stabbing the victim multiple times. Mireles is accused of fleeing the scene in a car.
Costa Mesa Police Department (CMPD) officers arrived and found the victim in the living room bleeding from multiple stab wounds in his upper torso. Paramedics applied life-saving measures but the victim died of his injuries.
Mireles is accused of hiding out with his girlfriend Martinez in motels in Norwalk, Santa Fe Springs, and Buena Park. Martinez is accused of actively helping Mireles avoid the police by providing him transportation and shelter. At approximately 11:00 a.m. on Sept. 18, 2012, Mireles and Martinez are accused of leaving a motel room in Santa Fe Springs. Mireles is accused of wearing a cap and sunglasses in an attempt to conceal his identity. CMPD Detectives who investigated this case, saw the couple preparing to get into a vehicle and arrested them at the scene. Singh is accused of helping Mireles avoid the police and being in the same motel room during the arrest.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Matt Murphy of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.