Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
OC GANG MEMBER TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR MURDERING MOTHER OF THEIR TWO CHILDREN BY STABBING HER 20 TIMES IN FRONT OF THEM
PLACENTIA – The Orange County District Attorney charged a documented gang member after his arrest yesterday by the Tijuana Mexico Police Department for murdering the mother of his two young children, Anette Angelina Alvarado, by stabbing her 20 times. Miguel Alexander Vargas, 25, Placentia, was charged with one felony count of murder and one felony count of carjacking. If convicted on all charges, he faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life. Vargas is ineligible for bail at this time. He is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow, Feb. 18, 2009, at 8:30 a.m. in Department N-3, North Justice Center, Fullerton.
Between Feb. 4, 2009, and Feb. 5, 2009, Vargas is accused of repeatedly calling former girlfriend Alvarado, a week after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor domestic violence charge. Alvarado is the mother of their two children, ages 4 and 6.
On Feb. 5, 2009, at approximately 9:50 p.m., Vargas is accused of being driven to Alvarado’s home by a friend. While his friend was waiting outside, Vargas is accused of entering Alvarado’s home and bedroom, where she and their two children were sleeping. Vargas is accused of grabbing the victim, throwing her on the ground, dragging her into the living room, and hitting her repeatedly. Vargas is accused of kneeling over the victim who was lying face down and stabbing the victim 20 times in the back of her head, neck and back, while their two children were watching. The victim’s father, who had been in the backyard, heard her screaming, grabbed a baseball bat, and ran inside to save her.
Vargas is accused of running out of the house, getting back into the front passenger seat of his friend’s car, and instructing him to drive away. Shortly after, Vargas is accused of ordering his friend to stop the car and get out, forcing him out of the car, and driving away. The defendant is accused of fleeing the scene and hiding in Tijuana, Mexico until his arrest.
This case was investigated by the Placentia Police Department. The Anaheim Police Department Crime Task Force, the Tijuana Police Department, and the California Department of Justice Foreign Prosecution Unit assisted in locating and apprehending the defendant.
Deputy District Attorney Dave Porter of the TARGET Unit is prosecuting this case.