[UPDATED with Arraignment:] Alexandra Joyce Tang, OC Homicide No. 31: Boyfriend Derek Henry Pinski Held

See Update No. 3 at the end of this post on Derek Henry Pinski's scheduled arraignment.

See Update Nos. 1-2 on the charges against filed by the Orange County District Attorney's office and the family of slain Alexandra Joyce Tang speaking out.

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Derek Pinski
ORIGINAL POST, SEPT. 4, 9:31 A.M.: When Orange County fire and sheriff's personnel arrived at a home in the 22000 block of Caminito Tasquillo in Laguna Hills late Saturday morning, a resident was applying CPR on a young woman who eventually died at the scene.

Derek Pinski, 24, of Laguna Hills, was taken into custody nine hours later in Mesa, Arizona, for the fatal stabbing of his girlfriend, Alexandra Joyce Tang, also 24, of Santa Barbara.

Pinski was initially identified as a person of interest in the case, as sheriff's investigators who released his photo to the media explained he was believed to have been at the Caminito Tasquillo residence before Tang expired.

Detectives were also aware Pinski drove to Mesa, adding that no other suspects in the case were being sought and public safety was not an issue.

Upon Pinski's capture 350 miles away in Arizona, the Orange County Sheriff's Department issued a new statement saying extradition proceedings would begin and once the man was back in California he would be arrested on suspicion of murdering Tang.

The agency has not yet revealed how many stab wounds were on the body.

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Derek Henry Pinski faces special circumstance murder charges.
UPDATE NO. 1, SEPT. 4, 12:59 P.M.: According to a statement sent this afternoon by the OCDA, the slain Alexandra Joyce Tang and murder suspect Derek Henry Pinski were girlfriend and boyfriend at the school they attended, UC Santa Barbara.

Tang was still living in Santa Barbara when she came to Laguna Hills recently to visit Pinski, who was staying at the home of his mother and a renter, according to the OCDA, which notes the mother first discovered Tang's body and called 9-1-1.

Pinski was believed to have fled the scene for Mesa, Arizona, where his father resides, states the OCDA, which adds the suspect was arrested around 8 p.m. Saturday at his father's home by the Maricopa County sheriff's deputies.

The OCDA today charged Pinski with one felony count of murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon. He faces a maximum sentence of 26 years to life in state prison if convicted.

Once Pinski is extradited back to Orange County to face the charges, the OCDA will request his bail be set at $1 million, according to prosecutors.

The Orange County sheriff's homicide investigation continues. Recently honored veteran homicide prosecutor Ebrahim Baytieh has been assigned the case.

UPDATE NO. 2, SEPT. 5, 10:58 A.M.: The family of the late Alexandra Joyce Tang released the following prepared statement to the media:

Sandra was such a spirited girl. She was full of life and love. She had an exciting future ahead of her, and no words can fully express how much she'll be missed by all.

The family has also posted a Facebook memorial page you can see HERE.

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Family and friends called her "Alex."
"I am so sorry for your loss of such a beautiful person," Robyn Ballard writes there. "May she walk with Heaven's angels and hold hands with God. Tang family, stay strong and pursue justice on this horrible act of violence. Start a petition for all Facebook users to sign to put this man away for the rest of his life."

The man, of course, is alleged killer Derek Henry Pinski, whose relationship with Tang has been further explained by her older sister, Candice Tang Nyholt, a senior account executive with SurfMedia Communications in Santa Barbara.

Tang and Pinksi started dating just over a year ago while attending UC Santa Barbara, where they both were psychology majors who graduated at the same time. The couple celebrated their anniversary last month, Nyholt tells the Santa Barbara Independent, although close to that time they briefly broke up and then got back together.

Pinksi met the Tang family many times and while he was quiet and often kept to himself, he gave no indication of being aggressive or violent, reports Nyholt, adding, "I hate to say it, but I wish there were signs."

Seven years older than her "baby sister," Nyholt said Pinksi was into organic foods and living an overall healthy lifestyle, and he worked at an Orange County Whole Foods market before recently being let go.

Alexandra had recently moved down here to work with autistic children in South County, her big sister tells the Independent.

"We were all really excited about her future, about her making a difference in the world," Nyholt reportedly says. "She did have a big heart, and maybe she was blinded by love. She always wanted to be there for whoever needed help."

UPDATE, SEPT. 13, 1 A.M.: Derek Pinski, who was brought back to Orange County Wednesday from Arizona to face murder charges, is expected to be arraigned today, according to a statement from the Orange County District Attorney's office.

The scheduled time is 10 a.m. in Department CJ-1 of the Central Jail in Santa Ana.

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29 comments
12432532
12432532

You see the problem is that you stupid asian trust white people too much.

wish168
wish168

This is an American dream turning into a nightmare for an Asian girl who knows nothing about the real world..The real world segregates all ethnic races to hell or heaven gate.What a pity..!!!! 

213123
213123

LMAO a psych major from UCSB who works at whole foods. she sure knows how to pick a winner

m218802
m218802

Aww ... another self-hating racist Asian girl who got killed by her "bottom of the barrel" white guy that no white women wanted. Awwww

Rope_Tree_Bucket_Blk
Rope_Tree_Bucket_Blk

Another little Asian girl gets killed by a little skinny faggot pervert typical wigger jew-boy to satisfy his twisted sexual urges.  Another "Psychology" major.  I will be seeing him inside pretty soon, and I will pimp his tighty white little butt cheeks to my friends inside.  Mmmmmmm. good.  I will break his anal hymen first.  Personally.  Then Tyrone, Bubba, & BIlly Bob bill sodomize him good.  Don't worry Tang family. . . 

gpanda26
gpanda26

I know the young people involved, this makes reading these comments so hard. These were great people with great futures, sadness just overtakes me when trying to fathom why? this is a horrific situation and speculation is such a driving force for people. Assumptions are personal in nature and speak volumes about people. The relationship issues have no justification for any actions and there may truly not have been any issues. Both families are grieving, the crime affects all who knew them and the facts will be the facts. I can only hope that those posting will show respect to both families, to the sadness that is at hand for many, especially the Tangs. No character assassination is justified on any level, ever and when all is said and done we, in my assumption, we will find this horrific death to be unjustifiable in our minds no matter what the reason or issues, yet answers will be given when the police have them I'm sure. For now, speculation is such an unnecessary evil. Just my thoughts, and my huge condolences to the families, and may this young girl rest in peace and love and with the respect of her memory. 

gansito__jalame
gansito__jalame

wow this guy used to work with me :S :S thats crazy i never thought he was going to end up killing anybody... im sorry for the victims family...

jejeleung
jejeleung

 @dreizen The victim is my niece. Please watch your words as there is such a thing as karma. You must have some female relatives.

immendez
immendez

Have respect who ever commented that she was a great gurl so let her rest in peace

dreizen
dreizen

She was probably cheating on him with several other guys.  He should've accepted it rather than kill her.  Now those other guys won't be able to get laid.

bigdaano1
bigdaano1

 @12432532 I am a  friend of Her Family.

 

I would like to find you and Pinski together.

 

 

I'll go a bit easier on you because you are as dumb as a brick.

 

 

bigdaano1
bigdaano1

 @wish168 

 

 

And you? You are an authority?

 

Not in a million years.

bigdaano1
bigdaano1

 @213123 

I know the family.

 

Were I able to find you, you would know me, briefly.

bigdaano1
bigdaano1

 @m218802 

 

It is easy to hide up to a point where you will be exposed by our Creator. At that time, nothing will save you from the eternal mess you've brought upon yourself, and nobody will care.

chuam
chuam

excuse me @m218802  you better watch what you say. keep your heartless comments to yourself!

emchan
emchan

 @m218802 what did you describe my niece? please show some respect for our grieving family.

chuam
chuam

 @dreizen

 @dreizen and who are you to make such assumption? and have the nerve to post such comment...show some respect pls. 

nunya
nunya

 @dreizen Please show some respect for others. Her friends and family (oh, and just other people who value human life and respect women) can view your comments. She probably just wanted to get away from the guy. 

BillxT
BillxT topcommenter

 @dreizen

 You have no idea whom she may or may not have been seeing. That relegates your statement to uninformed at best.

theatretranscultural
theatretranscultural

 @dreizen You should be ashamed of yourself and the way you speak about the victim-have some decency please and respect for the grieving family and if you are unable to do so, please don't write anything. 

emchan
emchan

 @dreizen The victim is my niece. Please show your respect.

bigdaano1
bigdaano1

 @emchan  @m218802 

 

 

 

I know her Uncle Alan. I have known him for decades..

 

I sincerely do not understand the skum that comment here.

 

It's beyond comprehension.

bigdaano1
bigdaano1

 @emchan  @dreizen 

 

 

You need not treat these people with respect, but bless you and your niece.

 

 

I am friends with her uncle Alan.

 

I am not as gentle and respectful as you, so the people here who display such vile hatred would be treated with severe punishment were it up to me.

 

 

God Bless your family and your lovely niece.

emchan
emchan

 @dreizen And you conveniently forgot the first sentence of your comment? How insensitive of you?

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