Raul Quezada, Chief of Police
PRESS RELEASE, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 20, 2015
Released by: Det. Laura Lomeli, Contact: (714) 493-4512
Subject: Arrest of Suspects in Ponderosa Park Homicide
On November 14, 2015, at approximately 12:49 a.m., officers from the Anaheim Police Department responded to a 911 call of a shooting in the 200 block of E. Orangewood Ave. When officers arrived, they located Eduardo Curiel Molina, 36, of Anaheim with a gun shot wound to the upper body. Officers provided immediate medical aid to the victim until they were relieved by paramedics from Anaheim Fire & Rescue. Molina was pronounced deceased at the scene. The shooting appears to be gang related.
Detectives from the Homicide/Major Assault Detail immediately began the investigative process. With the assistance of information from numerous witnesses, five documented gang members were arrested in connection with this investigation. The four adult suspects (Fernando Jesus Castillo, Martin Fernando Diaz, Sabrina Marie Varela and Albert Jose Curiel)booked on suspicion of homicide with gang enhancements at the Anaheim Police Department Temporary Detention Facility. The juvenile suspect was booked at Juvenile Hall on suspicion of homicide with gang enhancements. A suspect vehicle has been located and impounded as evidence.
The case was presented to the Orange County District Attorney’s office and charges of homicide with gang enhancements were filed against all four adult defendants.
Investigators believe they have arrested those responsible for this murder. However, anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Orange County Crime Stoppers at (855) TIP-OCCS, www.occrimestoppers.org, or text OCCS and your tip to CRIMES (274637). You may remain anonymous.