SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — Arraignment was postponed Wednesday for a 75-year-old man accused of fatally shooting a urologist at his Newport Beach medical office.
Stanwood Fred Elkus, of Lake Elsinore, has been charged with murder in the Jan. 28 shooting death of Dr. Ronald Gilbert.
Gilbert was shot multiple times at his practice, Orange Coast Urology, which is located in the 500 block of Superior Avenue, according to the Newport Beach Police Department.
The 52-year-old married father of two was pronounced dead at the scene.
Elkus was taken into custody without incident Monday and is being held at the Orange County Jail. His arraignment is now scheduled for March 1.
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 on Tuesday.
Elkus’ former neighbors say they 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 says she 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.