TRANSIENT MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR MAILING DEATH THREATS TO SANTA ANA POLICE OFFICERS

Orange County District Attorney
Press Release


Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701

For Immediate Release
Case #10CF1403
 


 


November 23, 2010

Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
Office: 714-347-8408
Cell: 714-292-2718

Farrah Emami
Spokesperson
Office: 714-347-8405
Cell: 714-323-4486

TRANSIENT MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON

FOR MAILING DEATH THREATS TO

SANTA ANA POLICE OFFICERS

 

SANTA ANA – A transient man was sentenced today to two years in state prison for mailing death threats to Santa Ana police officers. Tony Diep, 47, Santa Ana, pleaded guilty to the court to one felony count of sending a threatening extortion letter, two felony counts of resisting and deterring an executive officer, one felony count of criminal threats, and one misdemeanor count of criminal threats. As part of the court’s offer, one of Diep’s felony counts of criminal threats was reduced to a misdemeanor, allowing the defendant to plead guilty to one strike instead of two strikes.

 

On July 30, 2008, feces were spread on the outside wall of the Santa Ana Public Library. That morning, Diep left a threatening letter addressed to the persons in charge of the library and the Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) in the book-drop box complaining about the Santa Ana police officer who provided security for the library, stating that the library would be vandalized 50 times worse if the Santa Ana officer was not removed.

 

On April 15, 2009, Diep sent a letter to the Santa Ana Police Chief Paul Walters, threatening to kill the police officer stationed at the Santa Ana Public Library. He had detailed knowledge of the officer’s work hours and stated that he had purchased guns and bullets.

 

On Feb. 17, 2010, Diep sent a letter to SAPD Chief Walters threatening to kill any police officer he sees between 4:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. in the Santa Ana Civic Center Plaza. He stated that it would be easy to kill any officer and specifically mentioned two SAPD officers. The defendant signed all three letters with a Hispanic sounding name.

 

The defendant was linked to the letters by the Orange County Crime Lab who analyzed the defendant’s DNA sample.

 

Deputy District Attorney Brock Zimmon of the Special Prosecutions Unit prosecuted this case. 

 

###