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By Allison Jarrell
Six defendants—including three San Juan Capistrano residents—were charged today with stabbing and murdering 38-year-old Alvaro Rios of Perris, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s office. Rios was found dead in a San Juan Capistrano creek bed on July 13.
Anjelica Shibata, 28, of San Juan Capistrano; Ashkan Dezhangfard, 21, of San Juan Capistrano; Brion Hyde, 22, of San Juan Capistrano; Siavish Hosseinaliarhani, 18, of Laguna Niguel; Ryan Huebner, 20, of Laguna Niguel; and Myles Jones, 22, of Laguna Hills, have each been charged with one felony count of “special circumstances murder by lying in wait,” according to OCDA officials. Five of the defendants were arrested Friday, July 22 by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s undercover and SWAT teams.
Each defendant faces a minimum sentence of life in state prison without possibility of parole. Court dates have yet to be determined.
Prosecutors said that prior to July, defendants Anjelica Shibata and Brion Hyde “were in a romantic relationship and living together in San Juan Capistrano.” At the time of the homicide, Shibata was also in a romantic relationship with Rios.
“In the early morning hours of July 12, Shibata is accused of asking Rios to meet her in an abandoned area near a bike path in San Juan Capistrano,” officials said. “The defendants are accused of waiting for the victim to arrive.”
Prosecutors said Rios was stabbed numerous times and died at the scene. Each of the defendants is accused of fleeing the scene. On July 13, a jogger found Rios’ body and contacted the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, which investigated the case.
For details on the homicide investigation that led to the arrest of five of the suspects, read our July 22 story here.