Tarzana Man Arrested in Connection to Encino’s Plastic-Bagged Torso

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Following an investigation of a woman’s dismembered torso in Encino earlier on Wednesday, a 35-year-old Tarzana man was immediately placed under arrest.

At the Topanga Mall, officers from the Los Angeles Police Department arrested Samuel Haskell.. According to police, Haskell shared a Tarzana residence with his wife, mother-in-law, and father-in-law, all of whom have been reported missing.

While evidence was gathered from inside a house where neighbors claimed a man, a woman, as well as their three kids had resided, LAPD officers blocked off a portion of Tarzana’s Clearstream Terrace. 

According to several law enforcement sources who spoke with NBC4’s I-Team, the woman whose body parts were discovered in Encino was likely murdered inside the Tarzana residence.

In accordance with LAPD Detective Efren Gutierrez, authorities received a report on Tuesday about a suspicious bag that may have contained human remains. 

They responded by sending investigators including technicians from the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office to the residence. Investigators discovered “blood evidence and other items” at the residence, according to Gutierrez.

Surveillance Footage Led to Tarzana

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Following an investigation of a woman’s dismembered torso in Encino earlier on Wednesday, a 35-year-old Tarzana man was immediately placed under arrest.

The police were led to Tarzana by surveillance footage from the scene of the unsettling discovery in Encino, according to Gutierrez. 

Following the investigation, 35-year-old Sam Haskell was taken into custody and charged with murder. Haskell was taken into custody on Wednesday at a Topanga mall.

Authorities are looking for three unaccounted-for Haskell relatives as the outcome of the investigation.

According to Gutierrez, law enforcement has been unable to get in touch with the suspect’s parents and wife. The following people were named as missing:

  • Haskell Mei;
  • Gaoshan Li, seventy-two. He is estimated to be 140 pounds in weight and 5 feet 6 inches tall.
  • 64-year-old YanXiang Wang. She is said to be 135 pounds in weight and 5 feet 4 inches tall.
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