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Man Arrested in Connection with Slaying, Assault, Arson

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Authorities said Tuesday that they have arrested a 20-year-old man in connection with the slaying of Angela M. King, a traffic assistant for the Anaheim Police Department, and arson at King’s apartment building.

Police said they received a tip on Monday allegedly implicating Edgar Omar Osorio in the death of King, 34, as well as a violent assault on King’s 70-year-old neighbor, who remains in serious condition at UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange. Police are withholding the older woman’s name because of concerns for her safety.

Detectives would not say what the motive might have been in the attack, which occurred when King arrived home around midnight Friday after a shift directing traffic for a Mighty Ducks hockey game at the Pond.

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“We’re not disclosing motives right now or the sequence of events,” said Sgt. Rick Martinez, the department spokesman. He said police booked Osorio into the Anaheim Detention Facility on suspicion of murder.

King and her elderly neighbor lived alone, in separate apartments, on North East Street--a busy thoroughfare dominated by multistory apartment complexes. An assailant torched King’s apartment and the apartment of the elderly woman in the 1 a.m. Saturday attack. Both women were violently assaulted, but police would not discuss the nature of their injuries or say whether there were signs of forced entry.

UC Irvine Medical Center spokeswoman Kim Pine said the 70-year-old suffered “puncture wounds to her back and knife wounds to her neck.” She is expected to recover, Pine added.

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