[UPDATED with Arraignment Continued:] Bobby Ray Rainwater Jr., OC Homicide No. 57: Body Found Outside His Mobile Home

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UPDATE, DEC. 7, 12:41 P.M.: 34-year-old Robert Eugene Vasquez is being held without bail as his defense attorney got his arraignment continued to Jan. 6 in the alleged special circumstances murder of his San Juan Capistrano mobile home park neighbor and the assault on a second man with a metal object two days later.

Motives for the attacks have yet to be released.

With convictions, Vasquez faces life in state prison without the possibility of parole. The charges include special circumstances allegations for murder by lying in wait for the near-decapitation slaying of 54-year-old Bobby Ray Rainwater Jr. and aggravated assault on Lance Lyons. The defendant is also accused of a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon.

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UPDATE, DEC. 5, 5:52 P.M.: 34-year-old Robert Eugene Vasquez will be arraigned Tuesday morning for allegedly murdering his San Juan Capistrano mobile home park neighbor Bobby Ray Rainwater Jr., 54, and assaulting a second man with a metal object two days later.

Conviction could garner Vasquez a sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole or possibly the death penalty.

He is charged with one felony count of special circumstances murder by lying in wait, one felony count of aggravated assault, and a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon. The special circumstance in this case makes the defendant eligible for the death penalty.

The court will be asked to hold Vasquez without bail, according to the Orange County District Attorney's office, which provided more details on the Rainwater killing:

On the morning of Dec. 1, 2011, Vasquez is accused of waiting outside of the home of his neighbor, Bobby Ray Rainwater, Jr., with the intention of murdering him. When the victim left his home, Vasquez is accused of attacking him by punching him in the back of the head. The defendant is accused of then stabbing Rainwater multiple times, nearly decapitating him.  After murdering the victim, Vasquez is accused of fleeing the scene.

On Dec. 3, 2011, Vasquez is accused of being at another residence in San Juan Capistrano. He is accused of using a metal object to hit victim Lance Lyons in the face as the victim was lying down. The defendant is accused of attempting to hit the victim a second time, but was stopped by Lyons' brother.

It was while arresting Vasquez for the Lyons assault that Orange County sheriff's deputies determined he was also responsible for the murder of Rainwater, according to the OCDA.

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UPDATE, DEC. 5, 9:27 A.M.: Orange County sheriff's investigators have made an arrest in the stabbing death of a 54-year-old man whose body deputies found outside his San Juan Capistrano mobile home.

Robert Eugene Vasquez, 34, is accused of killing Bobby Ray Rainwater, who lived with his elderly parents in the at San Juan Mobile Estates park.

Vasquez's assault on another man at the mobile home park Saturday morning led homicide investigators to him, sheriff's Detective Dan Salcedo reportedly told the Orange County Register.

The county coroner's division reports an autopsy concluded Rainwater died of multiple stab wounds to his upper torso.

The sheriff's department says a witness saw a man running away from Rainwater's body.

ORIGINAL POST, DEC. 1, 1:31 P.M.: Orange County sheriff's deputies responding to a disturbance call at San Juan Mobile Estates this morning found the body of a man in front of his mobile home in the San Juan Capistrano trailer park.

Investigators say they are treating the case as a homicide, and a quote a sheriff's lieutenant gave to a local newspaper indicates the suspected killer is probably known.

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"There's not a danger to the community; we're not looking for somebody running around the neighborhood," Lt. Steve Doan reportedly told the Orange County Register, adding, "This person was not the victim of a random crime."

The police call came from the park in the 32000 block of Alipaz Street around 5:30 a.m. The man's name, age, injuries and cause of death have not been released pending notification of next-of-kin, which in this case include the man's elderly parents who resided in the same mobile home. So, one figures they know by now.

The Register reports the man has worked at San Juan Mobile Estates as a handyman for residents.

By the way, that park is not to be confused with another in San Juan Capistrano that has been in the news lately. The owners of Capistrano Terrace Mobile Home Park, which is mired in bankruptcy proceedings, say they are considering an offer by about 300 residents to buy the park. That facility is owned by Capistrano Terrace Ltd. Millennium Housing owns San Juan Mobile Estates.

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23 comments
Casper1974
Casper1974

Trial has begun! They are going for the death penalty! I can not BELIEVE his mother has the audacity to stay here! Just gross GROSS GROSS! We all know that she hated her neighbors so much she took their son! Sad so so so sad! And all of her "gossip kingdom" you are sad people too. Robert's mother has been wearing an arm brace to court everyday and she never wears one while smoking in her driveway when she is home... or driving her truck or kayaking....SO WEIRD! Her son killed a man, beat a man IN THE FACE and brandished a weapon at the gas station. Her deserves to die and she just MOVE!

Casper1974
Casper1974

I meant he deserves to die and she just needs to move! LEAVE LEAVE LEAVE!!! Bob will live in my heart forever! This is the first time in my life that I will relish in the words "the penalty is death". Who is next on the list does she have more sons? SCARY WATCH YOUR BACK SHE SEES EVERYTHING and her little dogs too... Love and light Bob! I got your back my friend!

hoah
hoah

u all fucken suck ,may be the fucker deserved it!  

SanchoSurfer
SanchoSurfer

Hoah.....who are you to "dick" tate who deserves it?oh mentioning "dick"tate.What you deserve is to share a cell with him so you may both practice catcher & see who really sucks! Ha-ha

Mstrz18
Mstrz18

Hey hoah!!!! You ignorant piece of shit!! Nobody deserves to be killed like that especially from a man who qualifies for free benefits, a free education and the right to have everyone else learn his language.  Maybe he was upset because he felt he deserved more from our system!

Local
Local

I heard from a source that Mr. Rainwater was a Child Molester, and he was living with his parents because he was a mentally sick man, What if Robert knew that about him and that was why he did what he, Or maybe Robert turned into a sick man himself and became a serial killer?! Just sayin.

SanchoSurfer01
SanchoSurfer01

Get your facts straight, he was not in fact a child molester! and would never touch or harm a child. Not that it was okay what he did. It was categorized as an attempt at an adult which took place 30 years ago, he did his time and has been clean and sober since.At what point is someone ever forgiven for there mistakes, regrets in life, when they did what they did under the influence and regretted ever since. Who made this coward, spineless whimp cockroach gods punish-er. this in my book makes him worse then the terminally condemned!!!!!!My prayers go out to them both, as who as a parent could never want or wish this to happen to either child :( ......We are all children of God who's hands it is in now!He was a changed man, and brought elderly folks there news paper from there driveway to the porch as they had trouble going up and down there stairs, he would weed the elderly peoples yard for what they could pay on social security 10-20 bucks a month.you did not know him or you would not disgrace him

Eucatering
Eucatering

I agree with SanchoSurfer01.  We have a justice system, and he did his time fairly for the crime he was convicted of.  That being said, I knew him.  I never knew him to be helpful to anyone, especially to his parents who willingly, lovingly gave everything they had for him and their other children and grandchildren.  He kept himself prisoner in his bedroom during the day for his own reasons, leaving only at night.  At night, he did not live like a saint.  He was a creepy, angry man.  A bad seed who never figured out how to live within the morays of a civilized society, and while I knew him, never bothered to try.  So sad.  Bless his family and especially his parents.

mitch young
mitch young

That's a pretty nice mobile home park for SJC -- the ones by San Juan Creek are dumps.

SJC Resident
SJC Resident

Umm. That one IS on San Juan Creek, Mitch.

Of the six mobile home parks in the city, four are on San Juan Creek, including that one.

mitch young
mitch young

Fair enough -- I guess that's the front view, I only see the back while riding on the creek trail. Or maybe the ones I see are further downstream. 

Steve Mcallister
Steve Mcallister

Alipaz Estates I think. I have friends that live in there and they told me about it that morning.

Paul Lucas
Paul Lucas

dude what the F**k? matt you got an unhappy fan somewhere. What the heck did you do to piss off that guy?

Roxymcfoxy
Roxymcfoxy

these people are cruel that did this to this guy that live next door to me

Dave Spiers
Dave Spiers

It's a shame.. The things people do these days.. I have people I care about in that neighborhood, I'm just happy they didn't get hurt

4561298
4561298

Matt Coker...IS A  FUCKING CUNT ....U SUCK>>>FUCK U BITCH!!!!!!!!!FUCK YOU FUCKING BITCH  CUNKER!!!!

987123
987123

 MATT COKER IS A FUCKING PIECE OF SHIT!!!

666devil
666devil

 I hope you do not get paid for your piece of SHIT crap...YOU SUCK..WHO THE FUCK IS MATT COKER?????????MATT COKER FUCKING SUCKSX...

Joseph
Joseph

I tink it's great the way you all refuse to let Coker get under your skin

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