Police ID man found dead in Huntington Beach alley

Police ID man found dead in Huntington Beach alley

By Sean Emery and Scott Schwebke | OC Register

HUNTINGTON BEACH – Investigators have released the name of a man found shot to death in an alley over the weekend.

Tyrrell Louis Rathbun, 43, was found early Sunday morning behind a home in the 200 block of Memphis Avenue, police said Tuesday.

Authorities believe Rathbun’s death to be Huntington Beach’s first homicide of the year.

He was shot multiple times, police said, in a neighborhood comprised of middle-class homes and apartments.

About 11 p.m. on Saturday, police received reports of what sounded to a caller like fireworks and yelling in the area. Officers checked the neighborhood, but didn’t find anything unusual.

Authorities now believe that the death may be related to that call, as an autopsy determined that he died at about the time when the “firecrackers” were heard in the area.

Police have not identified any suspects in the shooting, and say there were no apparent eyewitnesses.

Rathbun was found with a black beach cruiser bicycle with a blue and white seat and a large extension cord on a reel.

Police previously indicated that they were familiar with Rathbun, but said they don’t know where he was living prior to his death. Authorities are looking for anyone who has information about his recent whereabouts or activities.

According to Orange County Superior Court records, Rathbun had numerous run-ins with the law, pleading guilty to felony grand theft and receiving stolen property charges in 2013, felony drug possession charges in 2012 and felony sale or transportation of a controlled substance in 2004.

Rathbun‘s body was found a day before his 44th birthday.

Anyone with information is asked to call 714-980-8825 or the tip line at 714-375-5066. Anonymous calls are welcome at 866-TIP-OCCS.



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