Irvine man killed inside residential sober living facility

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Monday, July 8, 2024
Irvine man killed inside residential sober living facility
A murder investigation now underway in Irvine after a man is apparently attacked at a sober living home.

IRVINE, Calif. (KABC) -- A murder investigation is underway in an Irvine neighborhood Monday after a deadly confrontation inside a residential sober living facility called Turning Tides.

Kyle Oldoerp with Irvine police said officers were called out to the area near Tyler Place and Boulder Creek Way around 6 a.m. and found an 18-year-old man suffering from possible stab wounds.

The man was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he later died. The victim's name has not been released.

The suspect, identified as 24-year-old Braxton Tysean Hill of Indiana, fled the scene, but he was located just before 9 a.m. and arrested in the Barstow area, with the help of the California Highway Patrol.

It was not yet known what led to the altercation. Both the suspect and the victim were residents of the home.

Residents are fed up with the rise in crime in their community. Leif Olson has lived in the neighborhood for more than two decades.

"It's not the Irvine that we've known for 25 years," he said. "Ever since they converted this to a sober living facility, we will have either police activity or ambulances because of drug overdoses, and this has been going on for a couple years."

"We have definitely some young families on this street, and they're very concerned," Olson added. "They're very uncomfortable letting their kids play in the neighborhood unsupervised, which is very unlike when I raised my family here."

Oldoerp said police have had calls to this residence prior to today, but nothing significant.

Olson's neighbor, Jim Hosler, has lived a few houses down just as long.

"We didn't know it would come to murder but we've had stabbings, we've had fights, we've had drug deals on the streets ... so we don't have that activity in this neighborhood. Not until this house showed up," Hosler said.

Hosler said some residents have started a neighborhood watch.

"We have an element now in the community that we don't feel safe with our children being outside without our supervision," Hosler said.

"Often times residents are frustrated that these facilities exist and the neighbors were out there today just concerned that this facility is in their neighborhood," Oldoerp said.

We reached out to Turning Tides but have not heard back.