VIDEO:High drama as man who fatally stabbed Maureen Gathua and Baby Kyan is captured

High drama as man who fatally stabbed Maureen Gathua
Kwame Carpenter

VIDEO:High drama as man who fatally stabbed Maureen Gathua and Baby Kyan Gathua is captured

A security guard spotting Kwame Carpenter in a hospital parking lot early today devolved into a bizarre pursuit, police gunfire, a bite from a canine officer and eventually the capture of the “person of interest” in Monday afternoon’s slayings of his girlfriend and a 6-month-old boy believed to be their son, according to police. (Read:Kenyan woman and her 6 month old baby stabbed to death in Anaheim, California)

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The security guard at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital around 3:30 a.m. saw a man inside his parked 2001 Lincoln Town Car, both of which fit the description of the vehicle and person of interest sought by police in the fatal stabbings of a woman in her 20s and a 6-month-old boy found after noon Monday in an Anaheim apartment.

The guard notified a Santa Ana police officer who was at the hospital on an unrelated matter, and the cop contacted Fountain Valley counterparts for backup before they contacted Carpenter in the southeast corner of the hospital campus, according to Fountain Valley Police Lt. Rob Sweaza.

Maureen Gathua and Baby Kyan Gathua

But Carpenter, who was inside his vehicle, refused to surrender and drove off, slamming into and damaging a Santa Ana police car and another vehicle, Sweaza said. A Fountain Valley officer fired two rounds in Carpenter’s direction, but no one was injured, according to the police spokesman.


A pursuit followed north on Euclid Street, where Carpenter abandoned his vehicle at Mile Square Regional Park and was chased and bit by a police dog before he took refuge in a small pond in the northeast corner of the park, Sweaza said.

News video showed the 24-year-old bobbing in the water and later being escorted by police out of the pond with cuts and bruises on his legs. He was turned over to Anaheim Police for questioning in the killings in unit 116 of the apartments at 2648 W. Ball Road, where Carpenter was believed to have been “in a common law relationship” with the boy’s mother, according to Anaheim Police Lt. Eric Trapp.

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VIDEO:High drama as man who fatally stabbed Maureen Gathua and Baby Kyan is captured

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