Two people were behind bars Tuesday in connection with the fatal stabbing of a 62-year-old man in Tustin during an apparent robbery.
Miguel Orellana, 19, of Anaheim, and Erika Pineda, 25, of Santa Ana, are suspected in the Dec. 9 stabbing death of David Nakaki, who was attacked while out for a walk in his neighborhood near Prospect Avenue and Norwood Park Place, Tustin police Lt. Andy Birozy said.
The arrests of Orellana and Pineda, described as a boyfriend and girlfriend, were the result of a combination of DNA evidence and witness statements, Birozy said.
Orellana is being held without bail, according to jail records. Pineda’s bail was set at $1 million.
Police said Nakaki was killed during a robbery, but it was unclear what was stolen.
Nakaki was stabbed once in the chest and left for dead in the southbound lanes of Prospect Avenue, police said. First responders attempted to revive him then took him to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, Birozy said.
According to the Orange County Register, Orellana was charged Tuesday with murder, along with a special circumstance allegation of murder during a robbery. Pineda was charged with conspiring to commit a crime and being an accessory after the fact, the paper reported.
In July, Orellana pleaded guilty to stealing a car, possessing burglary tools and criminal street gang activity, according to the Register. Two months earlier, he pleaded guilty to possessing stolen burglary tools and buying or receiving stolen vehicle equipment.