Questionable Business Dealings Could Be Motive In OC Double Murder
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO (CBSLA.com) — Authorities Monday identified the couple found murdered inside their hilltop mansion in San Juan Capistrano.
Bradford Hans Sachs, 57, and Andra Resa Sachs, 54, were found in bed with several gunshot wounds inside their home in the 32000 block of Peppertree Bend, a source told CBS2/KCAL9’s Michele Gile. The source also reported that the couple’s 8-year-old son – one of five children – was also shot and paralyzed as a result.
The duo’s two teenage daughters were also home at the time of the incident.
The Sachses were divorced, but residing together at the time of their death, according to Orange County Sheriff’s Department officials.
“With any investigation, specifically with a homicide investigation, we’re going to look at all aspects of their life and attempt to determine if there is any information that will lead us to a suspect,” Lt. Jeff Hallock said. “The incident is isolated to the residence here. We are not in a position to say that they were targeted. We can’t really say either way.”
Homicide detectives were going over a list of names of people who may have been disgruntled with the Sachses, who owned several pieces of property in San Juan Capistrano and elsewhere in Orange County, and were working to determine who they had business dealings with, Gile reports.
Business owners like Bryce Baum said there were some issues throughout the time he has leased commercial space in San Juan Capistrano from the Sachses.
“I just know that we were here for about a year and a half and they’ve changed business names several times,” Baum said. “And I couldn’t even tell you how people have come around looking for them, you know, due to whatever business dealings or money and something like that. But you could tell people were trying to get into contact with them for a while.”
Bryce Baum’s father, Ken, said the couple told him he had to write his check to a different company name every month.
“It was very odd because after we signed the lease, we gave them a check. They walked us outside, my son and I, and they said, ‘Whatever you do, don’t tell anybody you know us, you don’t know our names, you don’t know we’re here, we don’t exist.’ And I was kinda puzzled. And he said, ‘The reason why is we own a lot of property and people are always trying to get us for something,’” he said.
On RipoffReport.com, a number of tenants and even alleged family members have filed complaints, warning others not to rent from the duo.
One person wrote, “I feel violated and used.” Another said, “She may think she has gotten away with my money… but I will be seeing her behind bars.”
Neighbors, however, described the Sachses as “really nice people.”
“They walk their dogs with the kids,” Patty Bonin said.