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Double homicide suspect arrested for alleged murder of Wendi Miller and Darren Partch

On Thursday, April 25, the Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) arrested Jamon Rayon Buggs, a 44-year-old resident of Huntington Beach, for the alleged murder of Darren Donald Partch, a 38-year-old resident of Newport Beach, and Wendi Sue Miller, a 48-year-old resident of Costa Mesa, who was reported missing after a night out in Laguna Beach. According to an NBPD spokesperson, Buggs was already in police custody following a string of residential burglary attempts in Orange County on Saturday and Sunday.

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Courtesy of NBPD

Jamon Buggs, double homicide suspect, is in policy custody

The victims were found deceased inside a residence in the 2100 Block of East 15th Street in Newport Beach, at the Villa Siena condominium complex, located across the street from Newport Harbor High School at 15th Street and Irvine Avenue.

A roommate of the male victim was returning home around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 21, from a weekend in the desert when he discovered the bodies.

According to friends, Miller was last seen at the Loft and Sandpiper in Laguna Beach early Saturday morning. She hadn’t been seen or heard from since. 

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Wendi Miller and Darren Partch were murdered in Newport Beach

At the time of his arrest, Buggs was in custody at the OC Jail on unrelated charges. He had been arrested by the Irvine Police Department in connection with a series of attempted residential burglaries that happened on Saturday night, April 20, and Sunday morning, April 21, in the area, where he is also suspected of firing a handgun outside a home that he attempted to burglarize.

The next day, on Monday, April 22 after 12 a.m., Irvine police detectives were surveilling the neighborhood where the two attempted residential burglaries occurred when they noticed a suspicious vehicle. 

Irvine officers tried to stop the vehicle and a short pursuit ensued into an adjacent neighborhood. The suspect abandoned his vehicle after a minor collision with a parked car, and then ran into a backyard nearby. 

At approximately 4 a.m., the suspect was seen running, trying to flee from an unoccupied house that he had broken into earlier, when he was detained by officers without incident. 

Buggs was arrested and booked at OC Jail for attempted burglary, shooting into an inhabited dwelling, possession of a firearm by a felon, evading a police officer, and hit and run.

Buggs is currently being held on a $1,000,000 bail pending double murder charges.

According to an NBPD spokesperson, “This is an open and ongoing investigation and no additional details are available at this time. Anyone with information regarding this case or with information on the recent activities and whereabouts of Buggs prior to his arrest should contact Detective Rick Henry at (949) 644-3797.”

Three suspects arrested for assault by force and battery with serious bodily injury

On Sunday, April 21, at 1:39 a.m., officers responded to a physical fight in progress in the 400 block of S Coast Hwy outside of a local bar. According to PIO Sgt. Jim Cota, officers were informed there were approximately 10 people involved. 

“Officers detained a group of suspects attempting to flee the scene. One suspect remained on scene and was cooperative with officers. One male subject (victim) was lying in the #2 lane of South Coast Highway and appeared to have sustained a head injury. This subject was not alert when officers were rendering first aid. LBFD arrived on scene and transported the male to Mission Hospital MV with unknown head trauma. The suspect who remained on scene admitted to fighting with the victim and was ultimately arrested for Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Battery with Injuries. Two of the suspects who attempted to flee and were detained by officers and were positively identified by witnesses as also participating in the assault of the victim. They were also arrested and charged with the same listed violations. All three suspects were all transported to OCJ,” said Sgt. Cota.

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Photos courtesy of LBPD

Matthew Provenzino, Nicholas La Marche Cutts, and Keith Dias

Matthew Anthony Provenzino, 25, of Westminster, Nicholas Michael La Marche Cutts, 23, of Citrus Heights, and Keith Ryan Dias, 23, of Dana Point, were arrested for assault by force and battery with serious bodily injury.

“At the time of the incident the victim sustained a minimal head injury and a facial fracture. He is conscious and talking,” Sgt. Cota said. “This investigation is still ongoing so motive cannot be provided at this time.”

According to police records, bail was set at $50,000 each.

-By Suzie Harrison

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