Police: Sex Offenders Killed 4 Women While Wearing GPS Ankle Monitors

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Steven Dean Gordon, 45, and Franc Cano, 27, were arrested on April 11, 2014 on suspicion of killing four women. (Credit: Anaheim PD)


Two convicted sex offenders who allegedly killed and raped four women in Orange County while wearing their required GPS monitoring devices may have had additional victims, police said Monday.

Steven Dean Gordon, 45, and Franc Cano, 27, who were both described as transients who frequented the Anaheim area, were arrested Friday night, Anaheim police Lt. Bob Dunn said.

They were convicted of sex crimes with children in 1992 and 2007, respectively, and about three years ago both cut off their ankle bracelets and fled to Las Vegas together, court records show.

They had been arrested in that Nevada case and had recently been in compliance with requirements to register as sex offenders in Orange County during the time of the recent killings and rapes, according to police.

Their four alleged victims were identified as: Jarrae Nykkole Estepp, 21, of Oklahoma; Kianna Jackson, 20, of Las Vegas; Josephine Monique Vargas, 34, of Santa Ana; and Martha Anaya, 28, also of Santa Ana.

“Our hearts go out to the victims in this case. The families are all very distraught and concerned,” Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said at a Monday afternoon news conference.

The two men were charged Monday with four felony counts each of both special circumstances murder and forcible rape, according to Rackauckas. The special circumstance sentencing enhancements included murder in the commission of rape, multiple murders, and lying in wait, a news release from Rackauckas’ office stated.

Cano and Gordon could face life in prison or the death penalty if convicted, Rackauckas’ said.

Continue reading about the investigation here.

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