California Man Arrested In Triple Killing and Hit-And-Run On Halloween

Trick-Or-Treaters KilledMany people were horrified by the triple killing in Santa Ana when a man struck and killed three teenage trick-or-treaters on Halloween then fled the scene without stopping or calling for medical assistance. The police found the abandoned car with the help of a fast-thinking woman who followed the man. Police have now made an arrest and the accused has a long record of drunk-driving and hit-and-run. His name is Jaquinn Bell, 31.


2482883_fb_1414900856.8302_fundsTwin sisters Lexi and Lexandra Perez (both 13) and their friend Andrea Gonzalez were crossing within a cross walk when Bell allegedly hit them while speeding in his black Honda SUV. The woman who followed him said that he pulled into the parking lot of a Big Lots store about 800 yards from the crash site. Sharon Stewart, who cuts hair at a nearby barber shop, said that when they jumped out of the SUV she heard one of the men say “I only saw one guy, but I know there was somebody else.” According to some reports, he may have been driving with his two teenage children in the car.

Lexi Perez wanted to become a vet while sister Alexandra wanted to become a teacher. A memorial fund has been set up for the family.

gonzalez-1-480x360A separate site has been set up for donations for Andrea Gonzalez.

Police worked about the clock to find the suspect who reportedly has various addresses. The car appears to belong to someone else. They finally found him with his family at a Motel 6. Tips helped the police make the collar.

Bell was booked for felony hit-and-run and felony causing death. It is not his first entry into the criminal justice system. His license was suspended for excessive alcohol on Oct. 4. There are also records that his license was either suspended or revoked on August 4th. In August, Bell pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of child abuse, driving under the influence and hit-and-run with property damage. However, he was only sentenced to 10 days in jail with three years’ probation as well as alcohol and child abuse treatment programs. He also reportedly has prior convictions for reckless driving, spousal injury and violation of a protective order. He also has two outstanding bench warrants for $30,000. He is now being held on $500,000 bail.

At the time of his arrest, Bell’s 17-year-old son, 14-year-old daughter, mother and half-sister were detained but released. The question is whether there will be also charges for any other occupants in the car who fled the scene and may have helped Bell as accomplices or accessories “after the fact.” California has such a provision:

Every person who, after a felony has been committed, harbors, conceals or aids a principal in such felony, with the intent that said principal may avoid or escape from arrest, trial, conviction or punishment, having knowledge that said principal has committed such felony or has been charged with such felony or convicted thereof, is an accessory to such felony.

Except in cases where a different punishment is prescribed, an accessory is punishable by a fine not exceeding five thousand dollars ($5,000), or by imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170, or in a county jail not exceeding one year, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

35 thoughts on “California Man Arrested In Triple Killing and Hit-And-Run On Halloween”

  1. What is it about these people being on disability for leg injuries but can drink and drive. Sounds like he knows how to work the system

    1. happypappies – there are hand control systems for driving a car when you legs don’t work.

      1. Paul C, Schulte – I am very sorry about your brother – however – for the last 11 years I have been living with something extremely similar in my husband which prompted me to speak as I am not usually insensitive. I am aware there are devices that are put on the drivers side if he has passed the assessment and the road test. I highly doubt this young man ever tried to pass anything but a bm. sorry for the allusion. My husband can’t even drive an electric wheel chair anymore so I would never let him behind the wheel even though he was a diesel mechanic “in another life” as barkin dog so fondly likes to say.

    2. Thank you, Karen, for setting Richard straight. We have so many people on disability in this country. No system in place to verify these people are truly disabled. They are milking the system, but who cares?

      1. Sandi – there are some strange anomalies in the disability system. My brother was born with a serious birth defect, non-curable, non-treatable. Although he worked as much as he could during his lifetime, the pain ate him alive. The government would periodically want to have him checked to make sure he had not been to Lourdes had had a miraculous cure.

      2. Oh, so he’s being smart is he. lolol got right by me – Sandy I made that comment about the system not Karen. lol, – its getting late 🙂

  2. Nick – that’s sad. I’ve heard Wisconsin is green and beautiful. Too bad they make such terrible decisions about failing to address DUIs.

  3. Speaking of CA, I just heard the latest analysis of our finances. Back in 2003, we had unfunded pension liabilities of around $6 billion. Now, about 10 years later, we’re at close to $200 billion, and that is assuming their assets have an annual rate of growth of 7.5%, which is not realistic.

    Our grandkids won’t be able to dig us out of this one, and they can’t tax us out of this hole they’ve dug to pay back the government unions that put them in office. There will either be a string of bankruptcies, or a whole lot of retirees will not get their pensions paid.

  4. Karen, Wisconsin is an alcoholic state. Taverns are the social life for too many people. The Tavern League and beer industry are very strong.

  5. DBQ:

    They said on the radio this guy has been a stay at home dad on disability for a number of years due to a leg injury. He is divorced.

    Sure didn’t seem to stop him getting around.

  6. Nick:

    18 DUIs in WI???? What is WRONG with people? With legislators? A teenager in our family died from a drunk driver. They are like an unguided missile on the freeway filled with innocent victims playing a game of Russian roulette they never agreed to.

  7. And as for why he got a slap on the wrist, here in CA, you have to really try hard to get a prison sentence. They keep releasing prisoners, and the emphasis is on probation rather than time.

    Too bad for these girls. If he had done some time he wouldn’t have been on the street that night.

  8. This has been all over the news and the radio out here. Part of his last DUI plea deal was his agreement that if he ever drove under the influence again, and killed anyone, he would be charred with murder.

    So, when he brutally killed these 3 girls (his car apparently looks like it plowed into a cement wall, he hit them so hard), he ran. It took the cops 2 days to track him down, because he had borrowed the car. They found him in a motel. After 2 days, there is no way for a blood test to show he had been drinking.

    So he currently has a manslaughter charge. But if they can find evidence, such as security video at a bar proving he had been drinking, they will hopefully up the charges.

    He just blew a hole in 2 family’s lives. Words cannot express their heartbreak.

  9. Paul, The fawning over everything European causes me to have a little vomit come into my mouth sometimes. That said, I would abide the US adopting the tough DUI laws of Europe.

  10. Tragic. This man has earned a very long stay in prison and a wasted life. Sad that he couldn’t get help or just didn’t care enough.

  11. So Californians can look forward to years and years of money spent on this man. He’ll get satellite TV, great health care, education if he wants it, the list goes on. Inmates here are treated better than thousands of law-abiding people. Doesn’t anybody have a problem with that? I do!

  12. DBQ, I understand you have some anger toward this guy, but would it be possible for you to express it without making up things you cannot verify about him and his family?

    The system failing to deal with this guy before now, and the tragedy of 3 children being murdered is the actual story here, not your biggoted assumptions of the accused and the people in the car.

  13. Nick, I agree 100%. But we as a society have spoken, we don’t care about DUI. If we did, the first offense would bring serious but not debilitating punishment. The second offense would be at least 1 year in prison, forfeiture of vehicle and a fine. If the car belonged to someone else, so be it. We need everyone to understand that driving drunk will be serious problems.

  14. Bell’s 17-year-old son, 14-year-old daughter, mother and half-sister were detained but released

    I can do math. He was 14 when his son was born!. The article also doesn’t mention what his occupation is….OH wait……he probably doesn’t have one so we, in California, who actually work for a living are supporting this piece of shit and all the rest of his worthless family too. What a waste of money.

    It is too bad that he hadn’t been incarcerated or otherwise removed from society before this. Two lovely girls with good ambitions to become productive citizens might not have had their lives snuffed out.

  15. However, some of this can be laid at the judicial system, who should have jailed him sometime back. And kept jailing him.

  16. Cases like this are really sad. I am sorry for the family of the kids and the family of the driver was put in an untenable position. I think they are going to be figuring out the visiting day schedule, if they are not incarcerated themselves.

  17. Wi. is an alcoholic state. The Madison paper makes it a point to write about people w/ multiple DUI’s. Almost daily there are stories on people w/ 10,12, 18 DUI’s. In Wi., the first DUI is not even a criminal offense. We know it is the chronic DUI offender who is most likely to kill people w/ their weapon. You see, w/ these people a vehicle is a weapon. I HATE reading stories like this. My prayers for the families of these sweet girls. May this shitbird spend the rest of his life in prison. For the unrepentant drunk driver, incarceration is the ONLY way to prevent them from driving drunk.

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