Police arrest Franc Cano and Steven Dean Gordon who had been convicted of sex offenses

By Associated Press
April 15, 2014 02:00 PM

Two convicted sex offenders dutifully checked in with police every month and wore their GPS trackers around the clock – the rules of parole that are designed to tip off authorities if a freed felon backslides.

Yet for at least two months last fall, authorities claim, Franc Cano and Steven Dean Gordon were raping and killing at least four women – and probably a fifth – in the seedy prostitution hangouts of Orange County.

It was data from their GPS trackers, along with cellphone records from the victims and other evidence, that helped investigators link them to the killings, police said.

“That was one of the investigative tools we used to put the case together,” Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada said at a news conference Monday.

Cano, 27, and Gordon, 45, were arrested by investigators on Friday. Each was charged Monday with four felony counts of special circumstances murder and four felony counts of rape.

While out on parole, police believe the men killed three women in Santa Ana last October and November and another woman in Anaheim earlier this year. All had histories of prostitution.

Quezada said authorities were confident that there was at least a fifth victim and perhaps more.

Investigators “put a stop to a serial killing that would likely have continued beyond this point,” District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said.