Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

O.C. man charged with murdering his college sweetheart

September 4, 2012 |  2:04 pm

Alexandra TangOrange County prosecutors say a Laguna Hills man accused of fatally stabbing his girlfriend and fleeing to Arizona has been charged with murder.

Hours after 24-year-old Alexandra Tang was found dead with multiple stab wounds, her boyfriend,  Derek Henry Pinski, was arrested outside his father's home in Mesa, Ariz.

Pinski, also 24, now faces a felony count of murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney's office.

Prosecutors said Tang met Pinski when they were students at UC Santa Barbara and that she continued to live in Santa Barbara. Tang, authorities said, was in Orange County to visit Pinski at the home he shared with his mother and a renter.

Prosecutors allege that Pinski stabbed Tang inside the home at about 10:30 a.m. Saturday, then fled to Arizona. Tang's body was discovered by Pinski's mother, who called authorities. Tang was pronounced dead at the scene.

By about 8 p.m., Pinski had been arrested by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department.

The process to extradite Pinski to Orange County has been started by the county's district attorney's office, which said it will ask that Pinski to be held on $1 million bail.


L.A. probation officer arrested in alleged workers' comp fraud

Career criminal Doris Thomspon, 82, charged in new burglaries

Forest fire near Los Angeles: Fight hampered by steep, rugged terrain

-- Rick Rojas

Photo: Alexandra Tang  Credit: Family photo via KTLA News