Father Shot & Killed in Front of His Children After Confronting Possible Mugger with Machete

Jaivien Tahjaii Elliott, 19, is now inside the Orange County Jail after he shot a man twice in the head in front of his family last week at a birthday party.

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The victim, identified as Carlos Moreno Anarivia, was walking home from a convenience store to his condo at the Plaza at Millennium Condos near the pricey Millenia Mall. As he was walking back, Moreno realized that he was being followed. According to Orange County deputies, Moreno Anarivia was concerned because his entire family, including his kids and some friends, were there celebrating his wife’s birthday.

When Moreno Anarivia got home, he went inside his condo and returned with a machete, ready to confront the would-be mugger. Some party guests and family also came outside to see what was happening. The suspect, later identified as Javien Elliot, shot him in the head twice, killing Moreno Anarivia.

Once Moreno Anarivia fell to the ground, Elliot went through his pockets and stole his wallet and his car keys. Elliot then ran from the scene.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said Elliott was seen on surveillance video and was immediately recognized by their gang unit.

Jaivien Elliott & Jacquarius Legrand

On Thursday, Elliot was picked up by Orange County deputies and booked into the Orange County Jail, charged with first-degree murder, robbery with a firearm while wearing a mask, possession of a firearm by a convicted delinquent, and conspiracy to commit a felony with a firearm while wearing a mask. He is being held without bond.

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A second arrest in the murder was also made on Friday, although the Orange County Sheriff’s office has not clarified to what extent the second suspect assisted in the murder. Jacquarius Amir Legrand, 22, was charged with first-degree murder, robbery with a firearm, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, resisting an officer without violence, possession of cannabis, and possession of oxycodone. He is also being held without bond.

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