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By Allison Jarrell

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department arrested five suspects July 22—three from San Juan Capistrano and two from Laguna Niguel—in connection with a July 13 homicide at the end of Trabuco Creek Road in San Juan Capistrano.

OCSD Lt. Mark Stichter held a press conference Friday afternoon announcing the arrests of Angelica Shiabata, 28, of San Juan Capistrano; Ashkan Dezhangfard, 22, of San Juan Capistrano; Brion Hyde, 22, of San Juan Capistrano; Siavish Hosseinaliarhani, 18, of Laguna Niguel; and Ryan Huebnar, 20, of Laguna Niguel.

Stichter identified the victim as Alvaro Rios, 38, of Perris in Riverside County. Rios’ body was found in a creek bed along Trabuco Creek Road on July 13 by a passerby. Rios’ family reported him missing from Perris that same day.

Deputies responded to the scene at approximately 1:10 p.m. and discovered the body of a deceased man. An Orange County Deputy Coroner arrived and found traumatic injuries to Rios’ body that were “suspicious in nature.” Homicide investigators took the lead on the case as crime scene and coroner investigators processed and collected evidence from the scene.

Following an autopsy, it was determined that Rios was a victim of homicide, with injuries “consistent with being stabbed.”

Stichter said OCSD investigators have been working around the clock chasing leads and processing evidence.

“Our homicide investigators, along with our undercover units, began an exhaustive investigation over the coming week, with the goal of bringing the suspects to justice and bringing closure to the victim’s family, which is something that is really important to us,” Stichter said.

After finding enough probable cause, Stichter said investigators prepared and served several search warrants on vehicles and residences in Laguna Niguel and San Juan Capistrano. Undercover teams and SWAT teams assisted with those warrants.

All five suspects were arrested without incident Friday morning for murder and conspiracy and are being held on $1 million bail each at the Orange County Jail. Their first court appearance is scheduled for Monday, July 25.

Stichter said investigators are still looking into what brought the suspects together and how they’re related, if at all. In addition to processing evidence, investigators are analyzing the suspects’ relationships and interactions prior to and after the homicide.

“What we can say is that there was a relationship between the victim and one of the suspects, but we’re still trying to determine exactly what that relationship was, and what that consisted of,” Stichter said.

No information was available as to the motive for the homicide, or whether the suspects or victim had any prior criminal convictions. It’s still unclear as to where exactly the homicide took place and how long Rios had been deceased before his body was found.

“On behalf of the sheriff, we really consider it an honor to serve our communities of Orange County and when crimes like this happen—and really any crimes that happen in our jurisdiction—we take them seriously,” Stichter said. “It’s an honor to be able to work hard on this case and bring some suspects to justice.”

Watch the entire July 22 press conference below:

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