Laguna Woods church capturing suspect bounced between safety jobs, had license to hold a gun – Orange County Register

UPDATE (Tuesday, Might 17): Laguna Woods church capturing suspect is charged with capital homicide

A Las Vegas man who allegedly harbored a grudge towards Taiwan and is accused of killing one particular person and capturing 4 others at a Taiwanese Presbyterian church gathering in Laguna Woods bounced between safety jobs the place he was licensed to hold a firearm, information present.

David Wenwei Chou, 68, was employed as an armed safety guard at 5 totally different firms between 2014 and 2021, in response to paperwork filed with Nevada’s Non-public Investigator Licensing Board.

A employee who answered the cellphone Monday at Vegas Plus Safety and Occasion Staffing, the place Chou labored in 2019 serving Las Vegas’ bustling conference business, declined to supply her title and stated she was unauthorized to debate his employment. Officers on the different 4 safety firms couldn’t be reached.

Chou had handed a guard licensing examination and was slated to requalify with a firearm by October 31, paperwork present.

Clark County property information point out that from 2011 to 2018, he owned a fourplex on Ala Drive, positioned in a hardscrabble neighborhood off the Las Vegas Strip.

A lady, who lives subsequent door to the residence constructing and declined to provide her title informed a Las Vegas Assessment-Journal reporter that Chou was a “grumpy,” landlord who used to quarrel with tenants over parking areas.

On Monday, a light U.S. flag hung from the door of one of many vacant models Chou owned with “God Bless American Residents” written on it.  A strand of fabric was hooked up to the flag bearing Chou’s title.

Chou is charged with killing Dr. John Cheng, a household observe and sports-medicine specialist from Laguna Niguel, who tackled the suspect earlier than being fatally shot. 4 different members of the Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church ranging in age from 66 to 92 years previous had been additionally shot however are anticipated to outlive.

The capturing occurred at round 1:30 p.m. at a post-service lunch for the church, which shares the house at Geneva Presbyterian in Laguna Woods.

Chou pulled out a handgun through the lunch and began capturing at parishioners — who subdued Chou, taking away two weapons that had been registered to him, and tying him up with extension cords, in response to legislation enforcement officers.

The suspect had pushed on Saturday to Orange County, and is believed to have focused the church as a result of it was the closest gathering of individuals of Taiwanese ethnicity he might discover, Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes stated Monday.

Detectives discovered proof that Chou “was upset about political tensions between China and Taiwan,”  he stated.

Chou is in custody on the Orange County Consumption Launch Middle on $1 million bail, jail information present. He’s scheduled to seem in Central Jail Court docket for his arraignment on Tuesday.


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