|For Immediate Release
Case # 11WF1668
July 13, 2011
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
WOMAN TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR CUTTING OFF MAN’S PENIS AFTER TYING HIM TO BED
WESTMINSTER – A woman will be arraigned today for cutting off a man’s penis after being tied to his bed. Catherine Kieu, 48, Garden Grove, is charged with one felony count of torture, one felony count of aggravated mayhem, and sentencing enhancements for great bodily injury and 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 without bail and is scheduled to be arraigned today, July 13, 2011, in Department W-14 or W-15, at 1:30 p.m., West Justice Center, Westminster.
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 friends staying at the residence. The defendant is accused of serving John Doe dinner. After feeling tired, at approximately 9:00 p.m., John Doe 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. As he awoke, she 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 contacting 911.
Garden Grove police arrived at the scene and John Doe was transported to University of California, Irvine Medical Center in Orange for emergency surgery.
Senior Deputy District Attorney John Christl of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case.