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March 26, 2013

MAN FACES TRIAL FOR ROBBING AND MURDERING MAN LURED BY CO-DEFENDANT MOTHER FROM NIGHTCLUB TO MOTEL ROOM

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:42 am

SANTA ANA – A man faces trial today for robbing and murdering a man, whom his co-defendant mother lured from a nightclub to a motel room with the promise of sex. Noel Carrasco, 26, Buena Park, is charged with one felony count of special circumstances murder in the commission of a robbery and one felony count of second degree robbery. If convicted, he faces a sentence of life in state prison without the possibility parole. Opening statements are expected to begin today, Monday, March 25, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. in Department C-41, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

Noel Carrasco’s mother Leticia Carrasco, 52, Buena Park, was convicted by a jury Jan. 31, 2013, of one felony count of murder and one felony count of second degree robbery. Carrasco faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison at her sentencing April 12, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-41, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

On the evening of Dec. 22, 2008, Leticia Carrasco met Matias Ojeda Vazquez at a bar in Stanton. Leticia Carrasco lured Vazquez back to her motel room under the pretense of having sex. Leticia Carrasco’s son, Noel Carrasco, is accused of plotting in advance with his mother and waiting in the room to rob the victim.

When the victim arrived with Leticia Carrasco, Noel Carrasco is accused of ordering the victim to give them his money. When the victim refused, Noel Carrasco is accused of fatally attacking the victim with Leticia Carrasco. The victim suffered five stab wounds, asphyxiation, and blunt force trauma to the head. After the murder, Noel Carrasco is accused of cleaning the motel room with his mother and wrapping bedding around the victim’s body, placing a trash bag over the victim’s head, and a dog food bag on the victim’s feet.                                                 

The defendants are accused of stuffing the body into the trunk of the victim’s car and driving to Las Vegas. The defendants are accused of dumping the body off the Interstate 15 Highway in the middle of the desert. Noel Carrasco is accused of using the victim’s cell phone to send text messages to his own girlfriend.

On Jan. 12, 2009, and Jan. 14, 2009, Noel Carrasco and Leticia Carrasco were arrested in Las Vegas, respectively. On Jan. 15, 2009, a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department helicopter found the remains of the victim in the desert.

Las Vegas Metro Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Orange Police Department investigated this case. Senior Deputy District Attorney Scott Simmons of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.

Orange County District Attorney Press Release / Case # 09CF0090 / March 25, 2013

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