LAGUNA NIGUEL – A resident was cut and robbed in his home early Wednesday morning by a man who was apparently accompanying a woman advertising massage services on Craigslist, officials said.
Ramiro Amezcua Calderon, 54, was arrested by officials from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department after a resident who lives in Vista Niguel Block 100 called 911 at 1:51 a.m. to report that a man broke into his home with a bowie knife and cut it before stealing electronics and jewelry, Sheriff Lt. John Roche said.
Laine Marie Jackson, 29, was also arrested and officials said it appears the woman visited the Laguna Niguel home after advertising massage services on CraigsList.
After Calderon cut off the owner and threatened to kill him, he fled with Jackson in a last-generation Mercedes-Benz, Roche said.
The resident was able to give MPs a description of the vehicle, which led officials to stop the car five minutes after the 911 call near Golden Lantern Street and Hidden Hills Road.
Items stolen not only from Vista Niguel’s address, but also other items were found inside the vehicle. The couple were arrested around 2:10 a.m. before being taken to Aliso Viejo in the Sheriff’s Department for questioning, Roche said.
Orange County Fire Authority paramedics arrived at the house at 2:32 a.m. and treated the man for gashes on his arms. He was not hospitalized, said OCFA captain Larry Kurtz.
Calderon and Jackson were both arrested for theft and held in the Orange County Jail.
Calderon has pleaded guilty to several felonies since his first case in 1991 for assault with a deadly weapon or force capable of causing serious bodily harm. Since then, he has pleaded guilty in 2001 and 2008 to the felony of selling or transporting a controlled substance, as well as the felony of participation in a criminal street gang in the latter case.
He posted bail in July after being charged with four misdemeanors of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a stun gun and possession of drug paraphernalia. Calderon has pleaded not guilty to the charges and was due to return to court on February 24.
Calderon was detained Wednesday in lieu of $ 1,000,000 bail, while Jackson was detained in lieu of $ 50,000.
Both were scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.
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