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Posted by Fay Arfa | Sep 05, 2017 | 0 Comments

SANTA ANA, Calif. – Two brothers are scheduled to be arraigned today for burglarizing and vandalizing Harvest Church in Irvine and possessing an assault rifle at their apartment.

Defendant Charges Maximum Sentence Court Date
Brandon Joseph Vielkind, 23, Anaheim Charged today with the following felony counts:
  • Second degree burglary
  • Vandalism over $400
  • Possession of an assault weapon
  • Unlawful assault weapon activity
Four years and four months in state prison Arraignment

Sept. 1, 2017, time to be determined

Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana

Paul Vincent Vielkind, 24, Riverside All four counts above, plus:
  • Possession of a firearm with a prior enumerated offense
  • Possession of ammunition by a prohibited person

Prior Convictions

  • Assault with a deadly weapon in 2017 in Riverside
10 years in state prison Arraignment

Sept. 1, 2017, time to be determined

Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana

Circumstances of the Case

  • On Aug. 30, 2017, at approximately 6:30 p.m., Brandon and Paul Vielkind are accused of driving to Harvest Church in Irvine, which was unoccupied.
  • The defendants are accused of entering the church by smashing a glass window.
  • Paul and Brandon Vielkind are accused of possessing four boxes of ammunition and an airsoft replica rifle.
  • The defendants are accused of vandalizing the church by destroying or defacing various items including electronic equipment, musical instruments, and electrical wiring.
  • A security guard at a neighboring building observed two people breaking into the church with a firearm and contacted the Irvine Police Department (IPD), who responded to the scene.
  • At approximately 9:15 p.m., the defendants are accused of throwing a smoke bomb, removing articles of clothing, and exiting the building following negotiations with IPD.
  • IPD arrested the defendants and they are accused of possessing a handgun and an assault rifle at Brandon's apartment in Anaheim.

Prosecutor: Deputy District Attorney Craig Cazares, Harbor Justice Center

Orange County District Attorney / Case # 17HF1197 / September 1, 2017

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Fay Arfa

Fay Arfa has the distinction of being Certified as a Specialist in two separate areas of law – Criminal Law as well as Appellate Law – by the California State Bar, Board of Specialization. The National Board of Trial Advocacy has also awarded her a board Certification in Criminal Trial Advocacy. ...


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