San Juan Capistrano double murder victims identified as suspect's parents – Orange County Register

Caution tape surrounds part of the 32000 block of Alipaz Street, located inside the San Juan Mobile subdivisions, where an elderly couple and a dog were found dead inside a mobile home. (Photo by Mona Darwish)

A 41-year-old San Juan Capistrano man was arrested on suspicion of murdering his parents Tuesday after officers discovered the mutilated bodies of the elderly couple, along with the couple's dead dog, inside their mobile home, authorities said Wednesday.

Shortly after 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, officers responded to a domestic assault call near the 32000 block of Alipaz Street inside San Juan Mobile Estates, a mobile home park in San Juan Capistrano. Officers discovered a “horrific scene” inside the home, where Antoinette Gerdvil, 79, and Ronald Walter Gerdvil, 77, along with the couple’s dog were found decapitated, their bodies mutilated, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement Wednesday.

The suspect, Joseph Brandon Gerdvil, was seen covered in blood and chasing a maintenance worker inside the park before stealing the worker’s golf cart. He was found driving the golf cart on Calle Arroyo, near a bike path exit, when he was shot multiple times by a deputy, OCSD said.

It is unclear whether Gerdvil was armed or what prompted the officer to shoot. The 41-year-old suspect was later hospitalized in critical but stable condition, authorities said. He will be booked into the Orange County Sheriff's Jail on two counts of homicide once he is released from the hospital, authorities said.

The OCSD has not revealed the motive, if any, for the killings. And the type of weapon used in the killings of the elderly couple and the dog has not been revealed.

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