More details are emerging about Jonathan Chacon, who is accused of killing two women in their North Redondo Beach apartment early Tuesday morning.
Police believe Chacon, 23, killed Vicki Bergman, 59, and her daughter Courtney, 19, then fled to Baja California, leaving his dented black Mustang convertible parked near Interstate 5 in Mission Viejo. He was taken into custody early Wednesday morning and turned over to the , where he was booked on two counts of murder.
A coworker of Vicki Bergman's discovered the bodies at around 10 a.m. Tuesday.
Police Lt. Joe Hoffman told Patch that once officers released information about Chacon on Tuesday afternoon, tips came pouring in. He estimated that police received more than 50 tips with "a lot of useful information," ranging from sightings of Chacon to the identities of his acquaintances to where he might have been headed.
A tip that came in at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday eventually led authorities to a hotel in Rosarito Beach, where Chacon was arrested.
The suspect's convertible is being held as evidence by the Police Department.
"We believe the vehicle could possibly contain evidence," Hoffman said. "It's another piece of the puzzle that we need to help put the case together."
Police have not revealed the cause of death, though sources have said a knife was used. Blood was found on the street outside the home, and the scene inside the house was described as "gruesome" by some.
"We don't want to let any information out that's so specific to the crime that it could compromise our investigation," Hoffman said.
Hoffman mentioned "domestic issues" as a possible motive for the killings. He said the Chacon and Courtney Bergman had been in a relationship.
As of Wednesday afternoon, officers still did not know why Chacon fled to Mexico or how he got there.
"We're not exactly sure," Hoffman said. "We don't know if he got somebody to drive him to Mexico and parked his car (in Mission Viejo)."
Nevertheless, Hoffman told the Daily Breeze that there were no indications that Chacon knew anyone in Mexico.
"I truly feel that once he crossed the border, he thought he was going to escape capture," Hoffman told the Breeze. "This is a perfect example of the border not creating a barrier of protection for criminals who think they can flee to Mexico and escape capture."
Because Chacon is a United States citizen with a U.S. passport, he was quickly extradited.
According to the Breeze, Chacon pleaded guilty to unlawful sex with a minor and resisting arrest in 2008. He was also arrested on battery charges during the same year, but the charges were dismissed.
According to police, Chacon has a grim reaper and a nautical star tattooed on his right upper arm, the word "death" on his left forearm and the word "distraught" on his chest.
Chacon, a 2007 graduate of 's independent study program, also had 2-year-old son with another woman, friends said.
People who know Chacon told Breeze reporter Douglas Morino that Chacon was a heavy drug user, who sampled LSD, psychedelic mushrooms, cocaine and bath salts.
"He was volatile, but I never thought he was capable of this," Brett Kedney told the Breeze.
Chacon is being held in Redondo Beach on $2 million bail, and he is expected to be arraigned Friday morning. If convicted on both counts of murder, he would be eligible for the death penalty.
These are the second and third homicides to rattle Redondo Beach residents in less than a week. Police believe , Margaret Ann "Peggy" Duffy Goldberg, before fleeing to Utah. on Interstate 15 with state troopers.
Police do not believe the two incidents are related.
- Full story: Redondo Beach Double Homicide Suspect Arrested in Mexico [Daily Breeze]