|For Immediate Release
Case # 11WF1668
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
WOMAN INDICTED FOR CUTTING OFF MAN’S PENIS AFTER TYING HIM TO BED
SANTA ANA – A woman was indicted by the Orange County Grand Jury today for cutting off a man’s penis after tying him to his bed. Catherine Kieu, 48, Garden Grove, was indicted on one felony count of torture, one felony count of aggravated mayhem, and a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a knife. If convicted on all counts, she faces a maximum sentence of life in state prison with the possibility of parole. The defendant is being held on $1 million bail and is scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, at 8:30 a.m. in Department C-5, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
On July 13, 2011, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) released a press release with the following information:
Kieu and 60-year-old John Doe live together in Garden Grove.
On the night of July 11, 2011, Kieu is accused of engaging John Doe in an argument over the possibility of a friend staying at the residence at a later date. The defendant is accused of serving John Doe dinner.
At approximately 9:00 p.m. John Doe became tired and went to bed. As he slept in his bed, Kieu is accused of tying the victim’s legs and arms to the four corners of the bed with nylon ropes. When he awoke, the defendant is accused of pulling down John Doe’s pants, grabbing the victim’s penis, and severing it with a knife. Kieu is accused of then taking the penis to the kitchen, throwing it into the garbage disposal, turning it on, and mutilating the organ. Kieu is accused of then contacting 911.
Garden Grove police arrived at the scene and John Doe was transported to University of California, Irvine Medical Center for emergency surgery.
Senior Deputy District Attorney John Christl of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case.