[UPDATED with I.D.'s, More Details:] John Kristopher Altamirano, OC Homicide No. 60: Found Dead in Truck

Categories: 2011 Homicides
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John Kristopher Altamirano
UPDATE, DEC. 7, 5:10 P.M.: When sheriff's deputies found a dead John Kristopher Altamirano in his white pickup parked in front of his Laguna Niguel residence Monday afternoon, the 34-year-old had cuts and bruises on his face as if he'd been in a fight.

However, the injuries did not appear serious enough to have killed him, so sheriff's investigators are awaiting a toxicology report from the coroner's division that will hopefully shed light on how Altamirano died.

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Kenneth Lamb
Meanwhile, a 46-year-old man who was renting Altamirano's garage as living quarters remains in custody on an outstanding warrant for an unrelated drug possession rap. He has not been booked or charged in the death as originally reported, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

Investigators do believe the pair had been fighting in the street that same day, however. Altamirano apparently walked over to his truck afterward. Kenneth Lamb walked away and eventually wound up at a busstop at Pacific Park Drive and La Paz Road, where deputies picked him up. As you can see from his injuries at left, he also got bloodied up in the fight. You should see the other guy, indeed.

Authorities do not believe Lamb knew Altamirano died, so it sounds as if this case will be removed from this year's homicide count.

Will advise.

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UPDATE, DEC. 6, 8:58 A.M.: Some more details have emerged from the homicide investigation involving a man found dead in a white truck parked in a Laguna Niguel residential neighborhood Monday afternoon. Equally troubling is the death wish toward California's governor delivered by a "Top Commenter" to the Orange County Register story on the deceased.

The commenter with a star by his name is identified as Mark De Arman. His one-liner posted 10 hours ago under the Register report on the dead body is apparently the type that earns someone "Top Commenter" status at the Santa Ana daily: "I hope the victim is Jerry Brown."

Hey, wasn't someone not too long ago spraying death threats against Brown on Orange County walls? Wonder if authorities ever monitor stuff like this and put two-and-two together?

Oh well, the new details from a KABC-TV Eyewitness News report are that the victim was 34 but his name is still being withheld pending notification of next of kin. He'd been renting the residence in the 27000 block of Avenida Armijo near where his body was found the past few months.

A neighbor passing by saw the dead man's legs sticking out of the Dodge Ram across from the home. Witnesses heard a loud argument and a gun blast before the discovery, although the sheriff's department has not yet officially released a cause of death.

The unidentified man who was detained Monday fits the description of the person who had been arguing with the deceased, according to deputies.

ORIGINAL POST, DEC. 5, 6:22 P.M.: A witness apparently fingered that man,who also has not been named yet, leaving the area where the dead man was found about 1:40 p.m. today: in the 27000 block of Avenida Armijo.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. A cause of death has not yet been released.

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The dead man was in a white truck on Avenida Armijo in Laguna Niguel.



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13 comments
aimee949oc
aimee949oc

OMG....BJ :( This is still so hard for me to take in.... You were one of a kind and I will never have anyone like you agian :( Miss you and think about you every dam day....XOXOXOXO R.I.P "lil buddy"

D12melek
D12melek

I knew who the dead guy was. We grew up in the same town. We went to high school together. I knew his oldest sister. He was the guy allegedly involved in the murder of Brendan Butler. The 20 year old from northern California that tried to set up a killing but wound up dead himself. I allso know that john altamirano used to have a drug problem that goes back 20 years. As far back as I can remember John "bj" Altamirano was getting arrested and being a bad boy. He never really knew me. But last year ironically i found out he was close friends with my girlfriend. We're broken up now but she told me about his drug of choice. He probably died due to something in his body not functioning right. When you do drugs for years it puts a lot of pressure on your heart. My father died of a similar thing after years of cocaine. From what my ex used to tell me Bj had a funny personality and was a really fun guy to always be around and very outgoing. He should be remembered for all that plus he was a loved brother and son. I feel for the parents. I drove by the other day and saw a eulogy outside the parents home in lake forest. With candles lit on his white dodge ram that he always drove.

mitch young
mitch young

What's going on when 46 year old white guys have to rent out garages to live in? The economy must really suck. And did Altamirano's homeowners association know about this? Maybe it is some local Bobbyi Dooley who whacked him.

anticop
anticop

...come on bro,  that comment really shocks you?!  I wish to almighty God it's Tony Rachauckas!!

Corolla Dining
Corolla Dining

Great article comes from inspiration and frequently reading the latest news and articles about a subject and keep up the good work in this website. 

Lacey
Lacey

wow, that is the same thing i thought,  i feel for his family having a drug problem is horrible and it does catch up with you. because he had a drug problem does not mean he was a bad person, he had a problem, he comments, post seems like he was a fantastic guy but unfortunate the monkey got to him..

OC RIE
OC RIE

Where do you get off saying anything about BJ , I'm sure. You must have your own tail to step on , no one asked you so zip it , if you ain't got anything nice to say then STFU! RIP BJ !!!

Bj's Girl
Bj's Girl

Respect his life. Stop putting his dirty laundry out to dry on public forums! ~ I love you Babe. Rip Bj Sweet love of mine.

Bjs Girl
Bjs Girl

HE WAS NOT RENTING OUT THE FUCKING GARAGE IDIOTS. GOD, SINCE WHEN DOES EVERYONE LISTEN TO THE NEWS AS FACT!? REALLY??? CHECK YOUR SOURCES..

Lacey
Lacey

it is public buddy, we are just commenting, sorry sometimes the truth hurts. love and hugs to his family..

Lacey
Lacey

sometimes the the truth hurts... sorry bj girl but it is what it is...

Lacy
Lacy

bj girls, your right i proably do not know what i am talking about,, you are speaking to someone who had a very drug problem and his past it seems he did overdose. that is only how i feel i may be wrong and i hope i am. i know he tried many times to stop and just could not kick the habit.... he seemed like a great guy from all the posting and people in the area that knew of him. i have seen his issues that he has for many many many years and drug was a huge part of it. it is very pubic for us to see.  I am truly sorry for the loss of him and i pray for his family that god can give them comfort and closure. i pray for them daily. please i am not trying to be mean by any means, i am drug free for 8 years and truly blessed, i fought that monkey and it was the hardest thing i have ever done.  i am thank god for all of it.. i pray for you bj girl i know you are going througha hard with with this all..take care and god bless you..

Bjs Girl
Bjs Girl

You have no idea what your even talking about ...

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