NEWPORT BEACH (CBSLA.com) — Authorities Tuesday identified a 75-year-old suspect arrested in the murder of a urologist who was fatally shot in his Newport Beach office.
Stanwood Fred Elkus, of Lake Elsinore, is accused of shooting Dr. Ronald Gilbert, 52, multiple times in the upper torso Monday afternoon inside a medical office in the 500 block of Superior Avenue, Newport Beach police said.
The married father of two was pronounced dead at the scene.
Elkus was taken into custody Monday without incident. He is being held at the Orange County Jail. Sources told CBS2/KCAL9’s Michele Gile that Elkus was not an established patient of Dr. Gilbert.
“We did search the suspect’s residence last night. There was some evidence recovered at the home, however we are not releasing information about what that evidence is at this time,” Kathy Lowe of the Newport Beach Police Department told KNX 1070.
Elkus’ former neighbors filed a lawsuit in 2006 after he allegedly taunted and terrorized their family over a landscaping decision.
“He started coming up to the fence and yelling in the middle of the night,” Melissa Evans said. “He would come to the front door and pound on the door. He didn’t believe me when I said my husband wasn’t home and he tried to push his way into the house and see for himself.”
Evans and her husband eventually moved to Wildomar — 10 miles away — to avoid Elkus, but he found out where they lived and would drive by as recently as three months ago.
“I knew he was capable of aggressive behavior, obviously he had shown me that. But murder? No,” Evans said.