Half Moon Bay mass capturing suspect once tried to suffocate co-worker, court records allege - San Francisco Chronicle

The Half Moon Bay mushroom farm worker suspected of killing seven co-employees in a fit of place of work rage had previously been accused of threatening to cut up an additional co-employee's head open with a knife and trying to suffocate the person a decade in the past at yet another Bay enviornment job, in accordance with courtroom information received by using The Chronicle.

In 2013, Yingjiu Wang filed for a temporary restraining order against sixty six-yr-historical Chunli Zhao, telling a judge his roommate and co-worker at a San Jose restaurant had physically assaulted him and made loss of life threats days prior. A judge granted the order, which isn't any longer in impact. Efforts to attain Wang were not immediately a success.

The Santa Clara County superior court docket records paint a picture comparable to that of Monday's mass shooting, the deadliest in San Mateo County history.

Investigators say Zhao shot and killed his co-laborers at two mushroom farms, while injuring an eighth employee, in a "office violence" incident. The San Mateo County district attorney said he is planning to file costs Tuesday towards Zhao, who is being held without bail at a Redwood metropolis penitentiary, where he was booked on suspicion of seven counts of first degree homicide and one count of tried murder.

Zhao's former roommate Yingjiu Wang wrote in a 2013 restraining order request that Zhao had made

Zhao's former roommate Yingjiu Wang wrote in a 2013 restraining order request that Zhao had made "threats of creating life tricky at work and dangerous to kill me if I don't get him his job back."

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In March 2013, Zhao worked at a South Bay restaurant. On March 10, in line with Wang's restraining order software, he stop the job. Over the next week, Wang described in court statistics an escalating concern about his roommate and former co-employee's conduct.

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On the morning of March 12, Zhao snuck into Wang's room at their condominium on Greendale manner in San Jose and requested for his income, Wang wrote. Wang instructed him to choose up his exams on the restaurant given that he didn't have possession of any exams.

The information don't say if Wang turned into Zhao's supervisor or why Zhao would have requested Wang for his paycheck.

"Mr. Zhao observed to me, nowadays i'm going to kill you," Wang wrote. "He then took a pillow and commenced to cover my face and suffocate me.... whereas I couldn't breathe, I used all my could inside the few seconds to push him away with my blanket."

After releasing himself, Wang observed he known as for support. He talked about one other roommate tried to assist him, however that Zhao had locked the door to the room to hold others out.

The pair began wrestling on appropriate of his mattress, as Zhao grabbed at his blanket all through the struggle, Wang stated. He at last satisfied Zhao to speak peacefully and that they stopped fighting. The pair noted Zhao returning to work, however Wang instructed him he "didn't manage that as a result of Zhao stop," Wang wrote.

Two days later, on the nighttime of March 14, Wang again from work and went to his condo kitchen to get water when Zhao confronted him, he wrote within the restraining order utility. He desired to come back to work, he once more informed Wang.

In a 2013 restraining order request, Zhao's former roommate described an incident in which

In a 2013 restraining order request, Zhao's former roommate described an incident in which "Mr. Zhao attempted to suffocate me with his pillow for a few seconds."

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"If this can't be carried out, this would be a bigger problem, which are usually not decent/pleasing for every person. This appeared to be a possibility to me and the restaurant I work at," Wang wrote. Zhao instructed Wang no longer to be a sufferer and depart him no other option, he wrote.

"Mr. Zhao said he would use a kitchen knife to split my head," Wang spoke of.

In his software, he summarized the week of threats and violence: "Making threats of constructing life complex at work and perilous to kill me if I don't get him his job returned."

When asked if Zhao owned any firearms, Wang checked a container indicating he didn't understand. In California, people beneath a restraining order — even a brief one — should hand over their weapons within 24 hours. He additionally indicated that police had been no longer referred to as to reply to any of the incidents.

A collection of judges extended the transient restraining order — which compelled Zhao to reside 300 yards away outside of the condo and three yards away inner the unit — except July 2013. at the moment, a decide became down Wang's try and prolong it again and let it expire.

The son of a man who ran a now-closed Cupertino restaurant with companions advised The Chronicle that Zhao labored for the company for around six months a dozen or so years ago. Zhao changed into let go, the supplier's son mentioned he learned, after a co-worker accused Zhao of making an attempt to suffocate him over a money dispute. The son had seen Zhao around Cupertino in the years following.

In a 2013 request for a restraining order filed against Chunli Zhao, a former roommate wrote that Zhao

In a 2013 request for a restraining order filed in opposition t Chunli Zhao, a former roommate wrote that Zhao "talked about he would use a kitchen knife to break up my head."

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The son requested now not to be recognized, and The Chronicle isn't naming him below its nameless sources policy.

Yoyo Duan, a supervisor at a chinese language financial institution in Cupertino near the restaurant where Zhao used to work, noted Zhao and his wife got here in as soon as a month for at the least the past five years to ship remittances to China. The last time Duan saw them was a month ago.

"He turned into pretty variety," Duan stated. "First, i used to be really greatly surprised through this information. I didn't consider he would do those things."

Duan pointed out she once helped translate a simple insurance letter for them as they spoke confined English.

At a Tuesday information convention, investigators talked about Zhao used a legally bought semiautomatic handgun to shoot seven men and one girl, believed to be co-worker's. They talked about his rampage begun at California Terra garden, formerly referred to as Mountain Mushroom Farm, where he worked, just after 2 p.m. on Monday.

He allegedly walked into the business on the 12700 block of toll road ninety two, also known as San Mateo street, and opened fire, leaving four people dead and a different with life-threatening wounds. Zhao continued on to a 2nd facility on the 2100 block of highway 1, or Cabrillo toll road South, killing three people, officials observed.

After that, he allegedly drove to the county sheriff's substation in Half Moon Bay, the place deputies took him into custody after spotting him in his automobile within the parking zone.

As of Tuesday morning, the surviving, injured farmworker had been upgraded to stable condition after popping out of surgical procedure, San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus said.

Corpus noted the coroner was nevertheless engaged on selecting victims and notifying next of kin, which turned into a problem for the reason that probably the most victims were migrants. A sheriff's department spokesperson, Eamonn Allen, declined to release guidance on no matter if particular people had been focused.

"the entire evidence we've elements to this being an incident of workplace violence," Corpus referred to. officials did not unlock extra details about a possible purpose, but Allen spoke of there have been no "certain symptoms" that could have hinted at Zhao's potential to commit a mass capturing.

Xuizhong Li used to control the mushroom farm unless promoting it a couple of years in the past. Li instructed The Chronicle that Zhao labored for him for 14 or 15 months, beginning both December 2016 or January 2017.

Li, talking in Mandarin to a Chronicle reporter, pointed out he remembered Zhao as a petty grownup who liked to gain knowledge, frequently on the expense of others.

"in case you gave him a little more expertise, he'd be in reality satisfied and be first rate to you. If he appears like he has been put at an obstacle, he will grasp grievances against you and ignore you," Li spoke of.

Zhao would file to Li that other worker's weren't working difficult satisfactory, Li noted.

"He spoke of he cared in regards to the enterprise, so he would record this stuff to me," Li spoke of. "In fact, those employees had been relatively diligent."

San Francisco Chronicle personnel creator Claire Hao contributed to this file.

Matthias Gafni, Hannah Hagemann and Mallory Moench are San Francisco Chronicle personnel writers. email: matthias.gafni@sfchronicle.com, hannah.hagemann@sfchronicle.com, mallory.moench@sfchronicle.com. Twitter: @mgafni @hannah_hagemann @mallorymoench

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