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Juveniles arrested with loaded gun in alleged robbery/carjacking, driver still on the loose

On Monday, Nov 11, at 12:09 a.m., LBPD officers were notified of an alleged carjacking of a vehicle, identified as a Nissan Sentra, in the area of North Coast Highway and Ledroit Street. 

According to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota, “The robbery occurred approximately six hours prior in the city of Moreno Valley in Riverside County and the weapon used was a handgun.”

An officer located the Sentra driving east on Broadway Street. The vehicle was occupied by three males. 

Sgt Cota said, “Officers followed the vehicle out the Canyon while attempts were made to get mutual aid assistance from an air unit and a K-9. Both air units were grounded due to weather, fog, and OCSD had an available K-9 unit that began responding.” 

In the area of Laguna Canyon Road and Lake Forest Drive, an enforcement stop was initiated. 

Sgt Cota said, “The Sentra stopped and the driver fled on foot. The officers provided a description and direction of travel of the driver to responding units while they stayed with the vehicle, which was still occupied by two males. The males were ordered out of the vehicle and detained.” 

They were identified as two juvenile males, 16 and 17 years old. 

Sgt Cota said, “A search revealed one of them was in possession of a loaded handgun in his waistband. The driver was last seen running towards the gated residential community of Laguna Altura.”

Personnel from Irvine PD, Costa Mesa PD, OCSD, and CHP responded to assist with a perimeter search for the driver. The search was discontinued after approximately three hours. 

Sgt Cota said, “Riverside County Sheriff’s Department was contacted and they responded to assume custody of the minors, the recovered stolen vehicle, and the handgun.”

Suspect allegedly on drugs arrested after alleged threats to officers and their families

On Sunday, Nov 10, at 12:16 a.m., LBPD officers contacted a male subject near North Coast Highway and Emerald Bay. 

Sgt Cota said, “When they began conducting a drug influence investigation, the subject threatened to kill the officers and their families. The subject was identified as Fullerton resident John Wesley Alexander III, 30. He was arrested for threatening an executive officer.”

Bail was set at $25,000.

Former nanny now facing 690 years to life for molestation charges

A man who served as a male nanny for families across Southern California, including in Laguna Beach, was charged with additional felony child molestation charges last week for allegedly victimizing 17 young boys under his care. The boys ranged in age from two to 12 years old.

Matthew Antonio Zakrzewski, 30, of Costa Mesa, was arrested on May 17, 2019 by LBPD detectives at a local airport after deplaning an international flight. Zakrzewski was originally charged with three felony counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a minor under the age of 14, and one felony count of oral copulation of a child under the age of 10. He was also charged with one felony count of possession of child pornography.

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Matthew Zakrzewski faces 690 years to life plus eight years for molestation charges

Zakrzewski pleaded not guilty to the original charges in May. He is currently being held at the OC Jail on $1.25 million bail.

Zakrzewski now faces a total of 33 felony counts, including 27 felony counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a minor under the age of 14, one felony count of oral copulation of a child under the age of 10, and one felony count of possession of child pornography. He also faces one felony count of using a minor for sex acts, two felony counts of distributing pornography to a minor for the purpose of engaging in sexual conduct, and one felony count of an attempted lewd or lascivious act with a minor under the age of 14.

Prosecutors allege the crimes were committed between January 1, 2014 and May 17, 2019. He faces 690 years to life plus eight years if convicted on all charges.

Investigators asked for the public’s help in locating any other potential victims. As the investigation progressed, additional victims were identified through video evidence and tips from the public, resulting in additional charges being filed against Zakrzewski.

In early May 2019, a Laguna Beach couple had reported to Laguna Beach Police that their babysitter, Zakrzewski, had touched their eight-year-old son inappropriately and was concerned for the safety of their son and potentially other children.

The couple had hired Zakrzewski to care for their eight-year-old child through one of his several babysitting websites. The LBPD’s Major Crimes and Intelligence Unit immediately opened an investigation, which led to the identification of a seven-year-old boy in the City of Los Angeles who reported abuse too, and ten more boys from across Southern California.

“These parents were led to believe that they could trust this man with the most precious thing in their entire world – their children,” said OC District Attorney Todd Spitzer. “Instead, he preyed on these innocent boys and violated that trust in a vile and sadistic way.”

Anyone who has information related to this investigation or any other unreported incidents involving Zakrzewski is urged to call the Laguna Beach Investigations Division line at (949) 715-1300.

Editor’s Note: An arrest contains allegations that a suspect has committed a crime. Every suspect is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

-By Suzie Harrison


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