An “Austin Powers” actor convicted of torturing a woman in Orange County is suspected of killing his cellmate in a Central Valley prison, authorities said Tuesday.
Joseph Hyungmin Son, 40, allegedly killed his 50-year-old cellmate, who was found dead Monday afternoon at Wasco State Prison Reception Center in Kern County.
The cellmate was a parole violator who had been sentenced to two years in prison for failing to register as a sex offender, according to a prison report. A cause of death was pending.
Prison officials have named Son as the suspect, but officials said charges against him will await the completion of the investigation.
Son asked her for directions and then, with another man, dragged her to a car, threw her in the back and drove away.
Son and the other man told her they were driving to Compton, pistol-whipped her and repeatedly threatened to kill her.
Son’s cohort, Santiago Lopez Gaitan, 40, of San Antonio, raped the woman, prosecutors said.
Afterward, Son threatened to kill the victim and counted the bullets in the gun out loud as she pleaded for her life.
Son and Gaitan finally allowed the woman, identified only as Jane Doe, to leave, naked and with her pants tied around her eyes. The woman went to a nearby Huntington Beach home, where the residents called police.
While physical evidence was gathered in the case from the sexual assault, the case went cold. Son, however, was convicted in May 2008 of felony vandalism in an unrelated case and was forced to give a DNA sample.
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