SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was charged yesterday with murder for stabbing his acquaintance during a dispute in Costa Mesa.

Defendant Charges Maximum Sentence Court Date
Jasper Bear Belknap, 21, Azusa Charged on Feb. 27, 2018, with the following:

  • One felony count of murder

Sentencing Enhancement

  • Personal use of a knife
26 years to life in state prison Continued arraignment

March 16, 2018, 10:00 a.m.

Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana

At the time of the crime, the defendant was out of custody after posting $50,000 bond for case # 15NF1491. Belknap is accused in that case of one felony count each of first degree burglary, second degree burglary, identity theft of 10 or more victims with intent to defraud, unlawful taking of a vehicle, and two felony counts of mail theft. He also posted $10,000 bond for case # 15NM08097, and faces one misdemeanor count each of vandalism, disturbing the peace, and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia.

Circumstances of the Case

  • On Feb. 12, 2018, at approximately 2:45 a.m., Belknap is accused of meeting with 23-year-old Austin Robinson on a sidewalk in Costa Mesa and getting into a verbal dispute with the victim.
  • The defendant is accused of stabbing Robinson with a pocket knife once in the chest and fleeing the scene.
  • The victim called 911 and the Costa Mesa Police Department (CMPD) responded.
  • Paramedics transported Robinson to a local hospital where he died hours later as a result of the stab wound.
  • CMPD investigated this case and identified Belknap as a suspect.
  • On Feb. 23, 2018, at approximately 12:00 p.m., a Garden Grove Police Department officer located and detained the defendant in Garden Grove. CMPD detectives arrested him.

Prosecutor: Senior Deputy District Attorney Matt Murphy, Homicide Unit

*Defendant was out of custody after posting $60,000 bond for two 2015 cases

Orange County District Attorney / Case # 18WF0485 / February 28, 2018

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