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Crime Suspect arrested in killing of Blaze Bernstein, the Ivy League student found dead in Orange County park

01:55  13 january  2018
01:55  13 january  2018 Source:   latimes.com

Report: Man thought killed Penn student was hitting on him

  Report: Man thought killed Penn student was hitting on him A man suspected in the killing of a 19-year-old University of Pennsylvania student who was stabbed nearly two dozen times and buried in a shallow grave at a California park told investigators that he was being hit on, a newspaper reported. Samuel Lincoln Woodward, 20, was arrested and taken into custody Friday on suspicion of homicide after DNA evidence linked him to the death of, Blaze Bernstein, a college sophomore, Orange County Undersheriff Don Barnes said.The Orange County Register reported that Blaze Bernstein was stabbed more than 20 times. No weapon has been found.

Three days after the body of a missing teenager was found buried in a shallow grave in an Orange County park , detectives announced Friday that they had arrested a former high school classmate in the slaying. Nineteen-year-old Blaze Bernstein was reported missing Jan.

Orange County sheriff’s detectives have made an arrest in the killing of Blaze Bernstein , the missing 19-year-old whose body was found in an Orange County park this week, officials said Friday.

a close up of a tree: LAKE FOREST CA JANUARY 06, 2018 --- A flyer posted by Orange County Sheriff Department asking for help in search of missing young man. A 19-year-old University of Pennsylvania student by the name of Blaze Bernstein has been missing since Tuesday. He was last seen at Borrego Park in the Foothill Ranch community of Lake Forest in Orange County. Sheriff's deputies are conducting a canine search of the area. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times) © Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times LAKE FOREST CA JANUARY 06, 2018 --- A flyer posted by Orange County Sheriff Department asking for help in search of missing young man. A 19-year-old University of Pennsylvania student by the name of Blaze Bernstein has been missing since Tuesday. He was last seen at Borrego Park in the Foothill Ranch community of Lake Forest in Orange County. Sheriff's deputies are conducting a canine search of the area. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Orange County, California, sheriff’s detectives have made an arrest in the killing of Blaze Bernstein, the missing 19-year-old whose body was found in an Orange County park this week, officials said Friday.

Hate crime charges being considered in Blaze Bernstein death

  Hate crime charges being considered in Blaze Bernstein death Suspect Samuel Woodward told investigators he became angry after Bernstein kissed him the night he disappeared . Asked if it could be considered a hate crime, Rackauckas said, "That's certainly an open question and we are in fact looking for evidence that might support that." Bernstein was studying psychology and worked on a campus culinary magazine. His friends and family gathered at a memorial service earlier this week.  "We have this bright young soul with the world at his fingertips and then all of a sudden, they're gone," Gideon Bernstein said."He was learning to love himself and I think he was there….

Blaze Bernstein went missing Jan. 2. His body was found a week later near Borrego Park . A suspect is taken into custody in connection with the killing of Blaze Bernstein . Jan. 12, 2018. (credit: Orange County Sheriff’s Department).

Orange County , California, sheriff’s detectives have made an arrest in the killing of Blaze Bernstein , the missing 19-year-old whose body was found in an Orange County park this week, officials said Friday.

In announcing the arrest, investigators did not immediately identify the individual in custody.

A law enforcement source not authorized to discuss the investigation named the man detained as Samuel Woodward, 21, of Newport Beach.

The arrest comes three days after Bernstein’s body was found near a Foothill Ranch park where he vanished Jan. 2.

A Los Angeles Times reporter on Thursday knocked on Woodward’s door in Newport Beach. A woman, speaking from behind the door, said she had “no comment to make. I would appreciate it if you would respect my privacy.”

Detectives working with coroner’s officials had run forensic evidence gathered at the scene for DNA to help identify a potential suspect, law enforcement sources said.

A search warrant affidavit in connection with the investigation of Bernstein’s homicide has also raised questions about the account of a friend who was the last person to see the University of Pennsylvania student.

Hundreds Attend Memorial Service Held for Murdered College Student Blaze Bernstein

  Hundreds Attend Memorial Service Held for Murdered College Student Blaze Bernstein Blaze Bernstein, the Orange County, California, college student who was murdered during his winter break, was remembered as a talented writer and passionate chef during his funeral service on Monday. According to a report by the Orange County Register on Monday, Blaze had been stabbed more than 20 times, leading investigators to wonder if the killing was an act of rage.In a statement obtained by PEOPLE, the Bernstein family addressed the details of their son’s death, saying, “We are saddened to hear, on the day we laid our son to rest, that gruesome details of the cause of his death were published.

Orange County Sheriff’s detectives have made an arrest in the killing of Blaze Bernstein , the missing 19-year-old whose body was found in an Orange County park this week, officials said Friday.

Orange County sheriff’s detectives have made an arrest in the killing of Blaze Bernstein , the missing 19-year-old whose body was found in an Orange County park this week, officials said Friday.

The friend told detectives he dropped off Bernstein in a Foothill Ranch park shortly before midnight Jan. 2. The warrant, obtained by the Orange County Register, said that the friend had scratches and abrasions on his hands and dirty fingernails and that he said he could not recall the last name or address of a girlfriend he visited after dropping off Bernstein.

When asked about the abrasions by detectives, the young man said that they were from a "fight club" he participated in and that his fingernails were dirty because he fell into a "dirt puddle" during sparring.

The friend had attended the Orange County School of the Arts with Bernstein.

Bernstein was on winter break from college and visiting his parents in Lake Forest when he disappeared.

Bernstein’s family has declined to be interviewed. Jeanne Pepper Bernstein, the victim’s mother, said she needed time to mourn.

“My stomach clenches a little bit at thinking of my tiny little boy (all 46 inches) walking to class by himself, but I know you'll make it to Room 16 when I leave you at the curb of Foothill Ranch Elementary School," she wrote on Sept. 21, 2004.

Bernstein’s body was found next to the school, his mother said.

Jeanne Pepper Bernstein said her daughter, Beaue, 14, is heartbroken over her brother’s death.

“They were very close this past year,” she said in an earlier interview. “He really started to enjoy her and her antics. She looked up to him.”

richard.winton@latimes.com

Twitter: @lacrimes


Ex-classmate accused of killing Blaze Bernstein boasted of religious faith, conservative views .
The 20-year-old Newport Beach man facing a murder charge in the fatal stabbing of former high school classmate Blaze Bernstein spoke openly on social media about his Catholic faith and conservative political views. Samuel Lincoln Woodward wrote more than a year ago on his ASKfm page that if he were stranded on a tropical island, he’d want a Bible and a Colt .45 with him.“Anything is possible through the Lord who strengthens me,” he wrote.

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