FULLERTON, Calif. – A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) deputy was convicted today of threatening and assaulting a woman including lighting her hair on fire. Alejandro Flores, 34, Buena Park, pleaded guilty today, Aug. 15, 2016, to three felony counts of domestic battery with corporal injury, two felony counts of assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, one felony count of aggravated assault, one felony count of criminal threats, one felony count of dissuading a witness by force or threat, and one felony count of false imprisonment by menace or violence, with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a firearm. Flores was sentenced to one year in county jail, five years of formal probation, eight hours of community service, mandatory completion of a domestic violence batterers' treatment program, and was ordered to pay restitution. The People objected to the court's offer and stated they believed Flores should be in state prison.
At the time of the crime the defendant was a LASD deputy and was in a romantic relationship with Jane Doe. The defendant lived with the victim and a child relative under two years old in Buena Park.
Around Oct. 22, 2014, Flores struck Jane Doe in the face resulting in the victim suffering a broken nose. The incident went unreported.
On June 28, 2015, Flores argued with the victim about the child's pacifier and pushed the victim into a wall in their Buena Park home. The defendant hit Jane Doe on the top of her head with his fist and grabbed her neck, causing the victim to fall to the ground.
The defendant dragged the victim into the kitchen after she attempted to get away from him. Flores forcibly held the victim over the stove and turned on the gas burner, causing the victim's hair to catch on fire.
After Jane Doe's hair was extinguished, the defendant threatened the victim with violence if she attempted to call the police or leave the residence. Flores took away the victim's phone and threw the phone at her leg with enough force to injure her. The defendant turned up the volume on the television when Jane Doe attempted to scream. Flores walked into a bedroom to retrieve his off-duty firearm and threatened Jane Doe with the firearm if she attempted to leave the residence.
Jane Doe left the home with the child the next day while the defendant was at work and reported the crime to two relatives, who contacted the Buena Park Police Department (BPPD). BPPD investigated this case and subsequently arrested Flores.
Deputy District Attorney Suzy Snyder of the Family Protection Unit prosecuted this case.
Orange County District Attorney / Case # 15NF1819 / August 15, 2016