MORENO VALLEY – Following the autopsy of two deceased women, the man responsible for their care was arrested and charged with murder.
On April 27, Moreno Valley police responded to a call requesting a welfare check of two residents. The caller, a woman from Orange County, reported that her brother was supposed to be caring for two women at a residence near the 24000 block of Bay Avenue in Moreno Valley. She also reported that her brother, Drew Stelp, was arrested by the Newport Beach Police Department the previous day, following a pursuit.
Stelp had been wanted earlier by the Garden Grove Police Department for assault and robbery. He had arrived on his sister’s doorstep with a bouquet of flowers and then forced his way into home when the housekeeper answered the door. He then tied up the housekeeper with a dog leash at knife point and was threatening to kill the owners of the property. When the husband arrived home, he too was threatened and tied up, but escaped. He reported to the police that Stelp has consumed liquor and prescription medication from the home, stolen some jewelry and then fled the scene.
When police arrived at the Moreno Valley residence to check on the welfare of the two adult females, they found both deceased inside the home. At this time the Moreno Valley Police Department’s Detective Bureau as well as the Riverside County Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit responded and took control of the investigation. The Coroner deemed the deaths homicides, but the victims have not been positively identified at this time.
Step was re-interviewed by investigators from the Riverside County Central Homicide Unit on April 29 and at this time arrested for two counts of homicide and transported to Riverside county where he was booked into Robert Presley Detention Center.
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