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Update-May 6th 2009-Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Deputies Arrest Huaichang Zhao In Monterey Park for Cupertino Murder of Wei Wei Li

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Update May 6th 2009 LANDSCAPER WANTED FOR MURDER ARRESTED IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

A Fremont landscaper wanted for allegedly killing a Cupertino woman and severely beating her husband was arrested Tuesday night outside of Los Angeles, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office.  Police in Monterey Park arrested Huaichang Zhao, 45, Tuesday night at a motel after receiving an anonymous tip, sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Don Morrissey said.  Sheriff’s investigators have been searching for Zhao since April 17, when he allegedly assaulted the couple in their home in the 22000 block of Berry Court.

The attack happened in front of the couple’s son and daughter and one of the children called 911 around 8:50 a.m., Morrissey said.  The wife, 41-year-old Wei Wei Li, died. Her 42-year-old husband was hospitalized with serious injuries.   Authorities said Zhao had been doing landscaping work for the couple at their home at the time.  Sheriff’s deputies have been working with police in Monterey Park after learning through an anonymous tip that Zhao had caught a ride to the area with a friend shortly after the attack, Morrissey said.

Santa Clara County homicide detectives “walked the streets of Monterey Park going door to door, obviously in the hopes that something like this would happen,” he said.   Zhao will be arraigned in Los Angeles County and is expected to be extradited back to the Bay Area soon, Morrissey said.

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Apr 23, 2009 CUPERTINO: SHERIFF’S OFFICE RELEASES NEW PHOTO OF MURDER SUSPECT

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office today released a new photograph of a landscaper suspected of killing a woman and seriously injuring her husband in their Cupertino home Friday.Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Don Morrissey said Wednesday that sheriff’s deputies are working with police in Los Angeles County to track down Huaichang Zhao of Fremont. He is believed to be in Monterey Park, Morrissey said, or Los Angeles’ Chinatown area. The sheriff’s office also has sent its own investigators to Monterey Park, Morrissey said.

Authorities believe Zhao, 45, was performing landscape work for the victims when the assault occurred in their home on Berry Court. The attack left Wei Wei Li, 42, dead. Her husband, who is 42,remained in the hospital Wednesday and was being treated for injuries classified as serious but not life-threatening. The couple’s two young children witnessed the attack, Morrissey said, and the daughter called 911 to report the assault. They were not injured and are in protective custody in a safe location.

Authorities believe Zhao fled in a 2008 white Ford F150 pickup truck and then caught a ride with a friend to Los Angeles County.Zhao is described as about 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing about 200 pounds.

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Apr 22, 2009 INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE MURDER SUSPECT FLED TO LA COUNTY

Santa Clara County Sheriff’s investigators are turning their attention south in their search for the suspect in a brutal attack in a Cupertino home Friday that left a woman dead and her husband seriously injured.Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Don Morrissey said today that sheriff’s deputies are working with police in Los Angeles County to track down suspect Huaichang Zhao of Fremont. He is believed to be in Monterey Park, Morrissey said, or Los Angeles’ Chinatown area. The sheriff’s office also has sent its own investigators to Monterey Park, Morrissey said.Authorities believe Zhao, 45, was performing landscape work for the victims when the assault occurred in their home on Berry Court. The attack left Wei Wei Li, 42, dead.

Her husband, who is 42, is still in the hospital being treated for injuries classified as serious but not life-threatening. The couple’s two young children witnessed the attack, Morrissey said, and the daughter called 911 to report the assault. They were not injured and are in protective custody in a safe location.Authorities believe Zhao fled in a 2008 white Ford F150 pickup truck and then caught a ride with a friend to Los Angeles County.”We don’t know the motive for going down there,” Morrissey said. “We don’t believe there’s family down there, but it could possibly be because there’s a large Asian population in Monterey Park. “Zhao is described as about 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing about 200 pounds.

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Apr 20,09 SANTA CLARA COUNTY DEPUTIES RELEASE NAME OF HOMICIDE VICTIM

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office today identified a woman who was killed in her Cupertino home Friday morning as 41-year-old Wei Wei Li, according sheriff’s Sgt. Don Morrissey.  The woman’s 42-year-old husband, whose name is not being released, remained in the hospital this afternoon with serious injuries, but is expected to survive, Morrissey said.  Detectives believe 45-year-old Fremont resident Huaichang Zhao killed Li and assaulted her husband before fleeing in a white Ford pickup truck. The pickup truck has been recovered and investigators were searching it this afternoon for evidence, but Zhao has not been found, Morrissey said.

The attack was discovered at about 8:50 a.m. Friday when sheriff’s deputies responded to the 22000 block of Berry Court in unincorporated Cupertino. Li was found dead inside the home and her husband seriously injured. The couple’s two children were not injured in the attack and have been taken to a safe place, Morrissey said. Zhao had allegedly been doing landscape work on the victims’ home, the sheriff’s office reported. He is described as a Chinese man, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and 200 pounds. Zhao was last seen wearing a blue jacket or shirt.

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department is currently seeking Huaichang Zhao regarding the assault in Cupertino that left a woman dead, a man injured and the couple’s two children to be cared for at an undisclosed safe location. Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 22000 block of Berry Court around 8:50 a.m. where a woman had died and a man was suffering from assault wounds, Sgt. Don Morrissey said.

The father was transported to a local hospital where he is being treated for his injuries, according to the sheriff’s office. The two children were not injured in the incident, and have been taken to a safe location. Homicide detectives have several leads on possible suspects and are pursuing all information, according to the sheriff’s office. The motive for the attack is not yet known, and the cause of the woman’s death is not being released at this time.

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Apr 19,09 POLICE RELEASE LICENSE PLATE NUMBER OF SUSPECT INVOLVED IN FATAL ASSAULT

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday released details about the vehicle belonging to a man suspected of killing a woman and assaulting her husband Friday morning in their Cupertino home. Huaichang Zhao, a 45-year-old Fremont man, allegedly fled in a 2008 Ford F-150 pickup truck with license plate 8S42563. The vehicle is white with a black cargo rack, Sgt. Don Morrissey said.Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 22000 block of Berry Court around 8:50 a.m. Friday where a woman had died and her husband was suffering from assault wounds, Sgt. Don Morrissey said.

The father was transported to a local hospital where he is being treated for his injuries, according to the sheriff’s office. The couple’s two children were not injured in the incident, and have been taken to a safe location.Zhao was doing landscape work on the victims’ home, the sheriff’s office reported. He is described as a Chinese man, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and 200 pounds. Zhao was last seen wearing a blue jacket or shirt.

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