The brother of a convicted double killer was arrested Thursday on suspicion of attacking a woman several days after he pleaded guilty to being an accessory in his sibling’s murders and was placed on three years of probation.
Tim Wozniak testified against his brother — who was sentenced to death on Sept. 23 — and pleaded guilty last Thursday to being an accessory after the fact. He was sentenced to time served in jail, which amounted to about a week and a half, said Senior Deputy District Attorney Matt Murphy.
Wozniak, 42, was arrested just after 3 a.m. by Costa Mesa police at an Irvine hotel. According to Roxi Fyad of the Costa Mesa Police Department, he is accused of punching, grabbing and biting a woman on Monday while driving on Bristol Street near the South Coast Plaza shopping center.
The two ended up back at a hotel in Irvine, where a security guard noticed the woman was “distraught” and called police, Fyad said.
Police would not provide any details about the relationship between the suspect and alleged victim, whose name was withheld.
Wozniak was booked on suspicion of felony domestic violence and was being held on $25,000 bail, according to Fyad.
Tim Wozniak helped hide evidence against his 32-year-old brother, but he later cooperated fully with authorities, Murphy said.
Daniel Patrick Wozniak, a former Los Alamitos community theater actor, was convicted in December of the 2010 murders of 26-year-old Samuel Eliezer Herr and 23-year-old Julie Kibuishi. He killed the victims to raise funds for his pending nuptials and honeymoon.
Daniel Wozniak lured Herr to a Los Alamitos theater to shoot him in the back of his head and then, with help from a 16-year-old accomplice, used the victim’s ATM card to withdraw money from Herr’s bank account. After the murder, he took the stage in a play in Huntington Beach and then returned to the crime scene to hack off the head and arms of the victim.
The next day, he used Herr’s phone to lure Kibuishi to Herr’s Costa Mesa apartment, where he shot her and then pulled her pants down to make it appear that Herr had raped and killed her in order to throw off investigators.
–City News Service