Two suspects arrested for the 2019 murder of a man in Stanton


Detectives with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office arrested two suspects in connection with a murder that occurred in 2019.

On March 8, 2019, deputies responded to a neighborhood on the 12000 block of Leafwood Street in the Stanton regarding a suspicious vehicle. During their investigation, officials discovered the body of a man inside the trunk of the car. 

The victim was identified as 31-year-old Jeffery Cheng, of Irvine.

On October 14, 2021, homicide investigators issued warrants in Marina del Rey and Oklahoma City resulting in the arrest of two suspects. 

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Jonathan Ho, 32, of Marina Del Rey, was booked into the OC jail for possession of metal knuckles and drug related charges. Nicholas Nguyen, 27, of Oklahoma City, was charged with conspiracy to commit murder and is awaiting extradition, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office

During the arrest three firearms, approximately 1,000 fentanyl pills and 5,000 methamphetamine pills were seized.

Photo Credit: OC Sheriff's Department 

They say a motive for the crime is unknown, as is the relationship between the suspects and the victim.

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