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UPDATED: Slaying Victim 'Nearly Decapitated'

Arraignment postponed for accused killer. Meanwhile, new details emerge in last week's mobile-home park killing.

The knife-wielding neighbor accused of killing Bobby Ray Rainwater won't enter a plea until Jan. 6.

At the request of Robert Eugene Vasquez's attorney, his Tuesday arraignment was postponed until after the new year, said D.A. spokeswoman Farrah Emami.   

Vasquez is accused of punching Rainwater in the back of the head and then stabbing him so many times that Rainwater was nearly decapitated.

The grisly new details were laid out by prosecutors Monday evening.

Vasquez, 34, has been charged with special circumstances murder for allegedly lying in wait for Rainwater, a 54-year-old registered sex offender who was found dead in front of his San Juan Capistrano mobile home last week.

Vasquez was also charged with aggravated assault in a separate attack two days later.

According to prosecutors, Vasquez waited outside Rainwater's San Juan Hills Mobile Estates home on Alipaz Street early Thursday with the intention of killing him.

Vasquez first punched Rainwater in the back of the head, then stabbed him multiple times, “nearly decapitating him,” according to a district attorney press release. He then fled the scene.

If convicted, Vasquez faces a life sentence without the possibility of parole, according to the D.A.’s office. The addition of the special circumstances charge means he is also eligible for the death penalty.

Orange County Sheriff’s deputies originally arrested Vasquez for his alleged involvement in a second assault on Saturday, this one at another home in San Juan Capistrano. The D.A.’s office said Vasquez allegedly used a metal bar to hit Lance Lyons in the face while he was lying down. Lyons' brother intervened to stop the attack from continuing, authorities said.

In the course of investigating that case, deputies connected Vasquez to the Rainwater slaying, the press release said.

Investigators have not revealed possible motives for either attack.


justme December 07, 2011 at 07:53 PM
This is kind of conflicting. Obviously the accused is right where he belongs, however, the victim himself is quite a piece of sickening work. Molesters need to be locked up away from our children forever.
Real SJC Native December 07, 2011 at 10:19 PM
Growing up in SJC with its clicks and “gangs” was a blessing. There’s no danger here except what you make. I often say in jest. I grew up in the Hard Core Street of San Juan Capistrano. There are no hard core streets in San Juan. We are as safe as it gets. I have lived in SJC for 41 years. Bobby Rainwater, the other Rainwater boys and I grew up in the same neighborhood. Bobby is 14 years older than I. Rainwater’s father was my cub and boy scout leader. A seemingly good family Bobby had his run in’s with the law and trauma. I remember him being a witness to a suicide by train here in San Juan that crippled him mentally for a while. Although we were not close I remember him as an ok guy with issues. We all have had issues. I’m sure if I went down the path of Rainwater (RIP) I could be a victim too. Lance Lions another SJC Native was also attacked by this Robert Vasquez. I also came up around Lance Lions and the Lions boys. All good guys. Great people. I’m speculating about the attacker Robert Vasquez but surely it was personal and not some random act that could have been prevented by more patrol officers. San Juan is and will always be my home. I’m safe and my kids are safe because we live safe. Our Police department does a fine job and I’m proud to live here. I agree child molesters should be put away. Dont know what the cirumstances related to Rainwater are.
SJCNative December 08, 2011 at 12:41 AM
San Juan Capistrano has been classified as a gang injunction area. One of the few in the State of California. A murder this year, a murder last year. I am sure the families of the murdered victims feel differently than you do. I am curious, how many murders does it take, Real SJC Native before you are bothered by it?
Sylvia Roy December 08, 2011 at 01:59 AM
SJCNative-Are you aware of what a "gang injunction" is? When I looked it up, I saw it as a very positive thing in keeping our streets safe from gangs. "A gang injunction is a restraining order against a group. It is a civil suit that seeks a court order declaring the gang’s public behavior a nuisance and asking for special rules directed toward it’s activity. Injunctions can address the neighborhood’s gang problem before it reaches the level of felony crime activity. Gang injunctions have a clearly demonstrable positive affect on the neighborhood area covered. Some have had a remarkable effect. In smaller areas, gang nuisance activity can be permanently removed. In larger areas, with gangs entrenched for years, the gang’s hold on the area can be reduced and maintained with a small team of law enforcement officers. Anecdotal evidence is fully supportive; residents continue to ask for the period of peace a gang injunction can provide." As far as Bobby Rainwater goes, I just came from his wake, I knew him as an adult & I realize as a young man he wasn't the best kid on the block. He did however pay his debt to society and I can assure you he wasn't "a child molester". R.I.P. Bobby you didn't deserve this, the man that did this to you is just plain evil. It wasn't random he was targeted, why Mr. Lyons was attacked because Vasquez is just plain evil.
SJCNative December 08, 2011 at 05:23 AM
Sylvia Roy, yes I am familiar with the gang injunction. I am also familiar that it has taken away the freedoms and rights of people as to whom they may associate with. In a country that is free, then why are your freedoms taken away as to whom you may associate with when you have not been convicted of a crime? There was only a limited amount of time to file your objection to this, in addition, you may not have known you were on the list. It is not a positive thing to have a gang injunction. It is and has a very negative aspect to it. You do not want your City to be one of the few Cities in California to be under a gang injunction.
Sylvia Roy December 08, 2011 at 08:46 PM
SJCNative- I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree. I admit I don't know a lot about the Gang Injunction other than casual reading and what you've explained. Based on that I don't see where my freedom has been taken away. I have the freedom to choose who I associate with, I choose not to associate with gangs, or gang affiliates. By making that choice I don't put myself in any position to be considered guilty by association. I choose my friends carefully, it has nothing to do with the law. It's just who I choose to allow around myself and my family. If this injunction can corral and contain the gang activity in our community I'm all for it, if it takes away from their freedom well didn't they already make that decision when they became a gang member or a criminal? Like I said I admit I don't know everything about this issue, but just from what I've learned recently I still prefer it for our small community. Rather they do it now than wait until the problem is out of control and we've lost our freedom to the gangs. I like not having to worry about drive by shootings, or any of the other problems associated with gangs like the bigger cities have to. So I must say, we need to agree to disagree..
EVIL4HIRE.COM January 05, 2012 at 05:16 AM
Boy scouts are a gang! Under thatbsame rule of law... Church gatherings in your house... Are a gang activity... Gang Injuntion is just a way to control you... It does take away your freedom!
Santa Cruz Mountains January 18, 2012 at 11:55 AM
Robert Vasquez is an evil, violent & disturbed man. He attacked my peaceful neighbors in the Santa Cruz mountains, smashed their windows & threatened to kill them. They were so afraid they packed up their dog & possessions & moved away... but then their bus broke down with this madman chasing them. Luckily someone called the police & I happened to be driving by so I stopped to help (turns out they just needed gas). The nice police safely got them out of town. Too bad they didn't escort this murder to prison. (BTW, sadly our sex offender list includes all kinds of offenses, not just child molesters & rapists. I.E. If you have been dating your high school sweetheart & you turn 18 but she is still 17 you can be convicted for stachatory (sp?) rape & will then have to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life. There are even less offenses included).
Rock Star February 01, 2012 at 04:31 AM
As one of more than 60,000 registered sex offenders in the state of California, I can only shudder to think of the weakness and darkness that mankind can show to itself, and in this case, the death of a criminal or a victim of circumstance, the guilt of which is not only on the hands of a young deranged man by the name of Robert Eugene Vasquez, but I believe is on the hands of our society that is so easily misled by rating seeking media and political charlatans. The public demands to punish over 60,000 people for the sins of a few, highly publicized, albeit tragic and horrific incidents, and is prevented from the mob style, lynching by the rule of law, the Bill of Rights and the Constitution, which they curse as an obstacle to "true" justice. Wake up, my fellow Mayberrians. The world is not as simple as making up an arbitrary list of exterminatable humans... My sins, I have paid long and deeply for, have you paid for yours, in equal measure?
Patsy Hart November 20, 2012 at 02:16 PM
I can't belive he is gone. He was such a quite boy. It sadens my heart to know that I will never see this young an again. I loved im very much. I loved his brothers, His Mom and Dad. He was my oldest nephew. I will forever miss him and love him very deepley. I do not understand how this can happen I hope the person that did this gets what he deserves.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) November 20, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Patsy, we are following this story. Mr Vasquez's case has yet to go to trial.
dixie christine vasquez May 12, 2013 at 08:17 PM
this is my ex husband and my high school sweetheart. we were friends for 10 years before we got married and were married for 3 years before we decided it wasnt to be. he was always a good man but suffered from a terrible addiction to drugs. please pray for him and for the families of the people he hurt. including mine.


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