Two arrested Thursday in separate attempted murder incidents

By Larry Judkins

Glenn County Observer

Two people were arrested for attempted murder on Thursday in completely separate and unrelated incidents.

The first incident occurred shortly after midnight in Hamilton City. At about 12:14 a.m., Glenn County Sheriff’s deputies and Orland police officers responded to a secondhand report of a cold domestic disturbance.

Deputies contacted Maria Cruz, who reported a family member had been assaulted by her boyfriend. Deputies initiated an investigation and Oscar Moreno-Oropesa was later contacted and arrested for numerous felony offenses and driving while under the influence.

Moreno-Oropesa was also found to have a felony warrant out of Butte County.

At 1:25 a.m., Oscar Moreno Oropeza, 31, a laborer who lives in Hamilton City, was booked into the Glenn County Jail on charges alleging attempted murder (a felony), threatening to commit a crime with intent to terrorize (a felony), felony vandalism, false imprisonment (a felony), infliction of corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant (a felony), driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs (a misdemeanor), and driving while under the influence of alcohol (a misdemeanor), and a no-bail Butte County warrant alleging threatening to commit a crime with intent to terrorize (a felony). Bail for the fresh charges was set at $355,000.

The second incident has some history worth considering:

On Saturday, June 26, at 10:37 p.m., Melonie Perez, 35, reported her ex-husband, Javier Perez, 54, allegedly contacted her in violation of a served restraining order.

At 10:19 p.m. on Sunday, July 4, Orland police officers were dispatched to 301 Byron Way for a report of a court order violation. Officers contacted Melonie Perez, 35, who reported the father of her children, Javier Perez, had allegedly violated a court order by attempting to contact her via telephone.

Four days later, on Thursday, July 8, at 10:35 a.m., Orland police officers responded to a report of harassing phone calls and texts. Officers contacted Lee Prior, 61, of Orland, who stated Javier Perez, 54, of Northridge, had been constantly texting him and calling him.

Later that same day, at 5:34 p.m., an Orland police officer again contacted Melonie Perez regarding a restraining order violation.

Finally, near the end of the day, at about 10:51 p.m., Orland police officers responded to 301 Byron Way for a report of Javier Perez at the residence in violation of a restraining order. As officers arrived, they could hear a disturbance inside the residence.

Officers entered the residence and encountered Perez, who refused to comply with the officers’ orders. Perez was placed in a control hold and taken into custody without further incident.

Through investigation, officers learned Perez forced entry into the residence and assaulted a 61-year-old man with a blunt force weapon. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Perez was booked into the Glenn County Jail on charges alleging attempted murder (a felony), felony burglary, assault with a deadly weapon (not a firearm) with great bodily injury likely (a felony), threatening to commit a crime with intent to terrorize (a felony), stalking (a felony), misdemeanor vandalism, loitering on private property (a misdemeanor), violation of a court order to prevent domestic violence (a misdemeanor), and obstructing or resisting a public service officer (a misdemeanor). His bail was set at $960,000.

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