Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Temecula Murder: Elizabeth 'Bipsy' Amirian killed, Mickey Wagstaff arrested for homicide

Temecula, California - According to police, on Thursday, February 12, 2009, at about 1:08 pm, a sergeant from the Temecula Police Department was on patrol at the Promenade Mall. The sergeant observed a Toyota mini van parked in the 3rd level of the East Parking Structure. He observed an assault within the mini van where a male adult was stabbing a female. 

The officer called for back up and immediately ordered the suspect out of the vehicle. The suspect did not comply with the orders. A back-up patrol car arrived and the assisting officer began to break out the rear window to the mini van. The suspect did not comply with the commands given. Officers deployed their taser and the suspect was taken into custody without further incident. 

The officers rendered first aid and called for medical assistance from the fire department. The female, later identified as 27 year old Elizabeth ‘Bipsy’ Amirian of Temecula, died at the scene. The suspect in this homicide has been identified as Mickey David Beauchamp Wagstaff, a White male adult, 25 years of Pala, California. Mr Wagstaff was taken to a local hospital after his arrest for unspecified injuries. 

Investigators from the Temecula Police Department and Investigators from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Central Homicide Unit arrived and assumed the crime scene. ABC 7 reported from the scene live and according to CBS 2, the suspect was transported to Rancho Springs Medical Center in Murrieta. Investigators believe this incident is domestic violence related. 

Bipsy was known by many in the local Temecula Valley Music and Arts Scene, and had performed at many popular events like the City of Temecula’s Harveston music series in August and the Temecula Music Fest in May. She played many times at the old Java Joz Open Mic Night, joining in on jam sessions with her trademark ‘mouth trumpet’ and amazing vocals. She also worked there at Java Joz many late nights making mochas. 

Bipsy was in the process of working on a CD, having spoke to her recently at a coffee shop, she had told me that she looked forward to performing again. She was an enormous talent as seen in the videos above. As we get more information about this crime and her services, we will post updates. 

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call the Temecula Police Department at 951-696-3300.

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