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From the Los Angeles Times | May 22, 2012
A 40-year-old Irvine man was in custody Tuesday after he called 911 to say he killed his wife during an argument, police said. Shalabh Rastogi called police about 9:40 p.m. Monday and admitted to the crime, said Lt. Julia Engen of the Irvine Police Department. Officers arrived at the couple's apartment a few minutes later and found the 40-year-old woman “obviously deceased.” Rastogi cooperated with police and was arrested, Engen said. He was booked in the Orange County Jail on murder charges.
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August 9, 2012
Police on Thursday were investigating the death of a Long Beach woman whose body was found in Irvine in the trunk of her car. Anna Oung, 29, did not return home from work Tuesday, prompting her husband to call police, said Irvine Police Lt. Julia Engen. Using a tracking device on her cell phone, the husband found her vehicle, which was parked near Beech Tree Lane north of University Drive, according to  KTLA News . The station reported that Oung was an engineer who worked in the area.
NEWS
December 12, 2011
A man accused of stealing a Hummer limousine was later seen fleeing the vehicle naked, authorities said Monday. Ahmad Mabrok, 29, of Tustin allegedly had a gun when he confronted the limousine's driver at the intersection of Sand Canyon Avenue and Burt Road in Irvine about 8:15 p.m. Saturday, said Irvine Police Department Lt. Julia Engen. The man was quickly pursued by the California Highway Patrol, and in Whittier, where he pulled over and tried to flee the limo, he had no clothes on, Engen said.
NEWS
July 27, 2011
Authorities have identified a 22-year-old woman killed in Tuesday afternoon's car crash in Irvine. Elizabeth Eddleman of Irvine died in a collision at the intersection of University Drive and Rosa Drew Lane, according to information posted on the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner's website Wednesday. Eddleman was driving a two-door 2010 BMW that collided with a 2003 Mercury Mountaineer driven by a 26-year-old Corona del Mar woman, said Irvine Police Lt. Julia Engen. An investigation is ongoing and police were still trying to determine which of the two drivers had the right-of-way when the accident occurred around 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, Engen said.
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By Lauren Williams | November 15, 2011
Some photographers use stands, tripods, giant lenses and backpacks full of equipment to capture the perfect photo. But Irvine Police Lt. Julia Engen used her slender Droid X smartphone to snap a shot of the rolling hills and wooden bridge at Strawberry Farms golf course. Engen was one of five finalists among 30 people who submitted entries into a city employee photo contest as part of the celebration for Irvine's 40th anniversary of incorporation, according to city spokesman Craig Reem.
NEWS
June 16, 2011
A suspect was taken into custody in connection with the killing of an Irvine woman who was gunned down outside her Turtle Rock home Thursday afternoon, police said. The suspect, whose name was not immediately released, was found after a two-hour search in South Orange County, said Irvine Police Lt. Julia Engen. The shooting took place on a cul de sac in the 18000 block of La Sienna and was reported at 2:08 p.m., Engen said. Residents reported hearing a woman in distress followed by shots.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | October 31, 2013
A man calling from Puerto Rico tried to use an over-the-phone extortion scam to prey on at least half a dozen victims in Irvine and Costa Mesa this week. He appears to be targeting Orange County area codes, namely 949 and 714, Irvine police Lt. Julia Engen said. During the calls, a man with a heavy accent tells victims that he is holding one of their family members and that the person is injured or in danger. The scammer then threatens to hurt the captive if he isn't wired money, according to Costa Mesa and Irvine police.
NEWS
November 16, 2013
Irvine police are investigating a suspicious death after a body was discovered in a burned-out car in a creek bed near Michelson Drive and Harvard Avenue. A jogger found the body about 9:20 a.m. Wednesday when he noticed the car and investigated, police said in a news release. Because of the damage to the car, police weren't able to identify its make, Irvine Police Lt. Julia Engen said. A small access road named Riparian View that's used for the Michelson Water Reclamation Plant and nearby wildlife sanctuary is the only way to reach the portion of the San Diego Creek where the jogger found the car. "Although near a well-traveled intersection, the area itself is concealed from view by natural barriers," police said in the news release.
OCNOW
From the Los Angeles Times and Daily Pilot staff | February 4, 2013
Police detectives said robbery does not appear to be a motive in the slaying of a young Irvine couple who were found shot to death late Sunday in a parked car at the upscale condominium complex where they lived. “They could tell by physical evidence,” Irvine police Lt. Julia Engen said. “The car wasn't rummaged through.” Engen said there is no clear motive in the deaths of Monica Quan, 28, and her boyfriend, Keith Lawrence, 27. The two were engaged to be married, according to reports.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | June 14, 2013
A Huntington Beach man arrested by Irvine police on suspicion of having stolen property pleaded not guilty to five felonies and a misdemeanor this week. Irvine police credited a resident tip and increased patrols to the June 6 arrest of Brian Ryan, 37. He pleaded not guilty Monday to one felony count of possession of a controlled substance, one felony count of receiving stolen property, one felony count of possession of a gun by a felon, one felony count of unauthorized use of personal identification, one felony count of unlawfully taking a vehicle and a misdemeanor possession of drug paraphenalia, court records show.
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November 16, 2013
Irvine police are investigating a suspicious death after a body was discovered in a burned-out car in a creek bed near Michelson Drive and Harvard Avenue. A jogger found the body about 9:20 a.m. Wednesday when he noticed the car and investigated, police said in a news release. Because of the damage to the car, police weren't able to identify its make, Irvine Police Lt. Julia Engen said. A small access road named Riparian View that's used for the Michelson Water Reclamation Plant and nearby wildlife sanctuary is the only way to reach the portion of the San Diego Creek where the jogger found the car. "Although near a well-traveled intersection, the area itself is concealed from view by natural barriers," police said in the news release.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | October 31, 2013
A man calling from Puerto Rico tried to use an over-the-phone extortion scam to prey on at least half a dozen victims in Irvine and Costa Mesa this week. He appears to be targeting Orange County area codes, namely 949 and 714, Irvine police Lt. Julia Engen said. During the calls, a man with a heavy accent tells victims that he is holding one of their family members and that the person is injured or in danger. The scammer then threatens to hurt the captive if he isn't wired money, according to Costa Mesa and Irvine police.
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By Lauren Williams | June 14, 2013
A Huntington Beach man arrested by Irvine police on suspicion of having stolen property pleaded not guilty to five felonies and a misdemeanor this week. Irvine police credited a resident tip and increased patrols to the June 6 arrest of Brian Ryan, 37. He pleaded not guilty Monday to one felony count of possession of a controlled substance, one felony count of receiving stolen property, one felony count of possession of a gun by a felon, one felony count of unauthorized use of personal identification, one felony count of unlawfully taking a vehicle and a misdemeanor possession of drug paraphenalia, court records show.
OCNOW
From the Los Angeles Times and Daily Pilot staff | February 4, 2013
Police detectives said robbery does not appear to be a motive in the slaying of a young Irvine couple who were found shot to death late Sunday in a parked car at the upscale condominium complex where they lived. “They could tell by physical evidence,” Irvine police Lt. Julia Engen said. “The car wasn't rummaged through.” Engen said there is no clear motive in the deaths of Monica Quan, 28, and her boyfriend, Keith Lawrence, 27. The two were engaged to be married, according to reports.
OCNOW
August 9, 2012
Police on Thursday were investigating the death of a Long Beach woman whose body was found in Irvine in the trunk of her car. Anna Oung, 29, did not return home from work Tuesday, prompting her husband to call police, said Irvine Police Lt. Julia Engen. Using a tracking device on her cell phone, the husband found her vehicle, which was parked near Beech Tree Lane north of University Drive, according to  KTLA News . The station reported that Oung was an engineer who worked in the area.
NEWS
From the Los Angeles Times | May 22, 2012
A 40-year-old Irvine man was in custody Tuesday after he called 911 to say he killed his wife during an argument, police said. Shalabh Rastogi called police about 9:40 p.m. Monday and admitted to the crime, said Lt. Julia Engen of the Irvine Police Department. Officers arrived at the couple's apartment a few minutes later and found the 40-year-old woman “obviously deceased.” Rastogi cooperated with police and was arrested, Engen said. He was booked in the Orange County Jail on murder charges.
NEWS
December 12, 2011
A man accused of stealing a Hummer limousine was later seen fleeing the vehicle naked, authorities said Monday. Ahmad Mabrok, 29, of Tustin allegedly had a gun when he confronted the limousine's driver at the intersection of Sand Canyon Avenue and Burt Road in Irvine about 8:15 p.m. Saturday, said Irvine Police Department Lt. Julia Engen. The man was quickly pursued by the California Highway Patrol, and in Whittier, where he pulled over and tried to flee the limo, he had no clothes on, Engen said.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | November 15, 2011
Some photographers use stands, tripods, giant lenses and backpacks full of equipment to capture the perfect photo. But Irvine Police Lt. Julia Engen used her slender Droid X smartphone to snap a shot of the rolling hills and wooden bridge at Strawberry Farms golf course. Engen was one of five finalists among 30 people who submitted entries into a city employee photo contest as part of the celebration for Irvine's 40th anniversary of incorporation, according to city spokesman Craig Reem.
NEWS
July 27, 2011
Authorities have identified a 22-year-old woman killed in Tuesday afternoon's car crash in Irvine. Elizabeth Eddleman of Irvine died in a collision at the intersection of University Drive and Rosa Drew Lane, according to information posted on the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner's website Wednesday. Eddleman was driving a two-door 2010 BMW that collided with a 2003 Mercury Mountaineer driven by a 26-year-old Corona del Mar woman, said Irvine Police Lt. Julia Engen. An investigation is ongoing and police were still trying to determine which of the two drivers had the right-of-way when the accident occurred around 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, Engen said.
NEWS
June 16, 2011
A suspect was taken into custody in connection with the killing of an Irvine woman who was gunned down outside her Turtle Rock home Thursday afternoon, police said. The suspect, whose name was not immediately released, was found after a two-hour search in South Orange County, said Irvine Police Lt. Julia Engen. The shooting took place on a cul de sac in the 18000 block of La Sienna and was reported at 2:08 p.m., Engen said. Residents reported hearing a woman in distress followed by shots.
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