Man arrested in Irvine murder of wife months after domestic violence conviction – Orange County Register
Irvine police arrested a 42-year-old man Tuesday on suspicion of killing his wife in their Irvine home months after he was convicted of abuse, authorities said on Wednesday May 5.
The suspect, Yunlong Bai, called his probation officer around 1 p.m. Tuesday and said he killed his wife in her home and will be waiting for the police to arrive, Irvine police said.
Minutes later, police streamed into a gated community near Alton Parkway and Royal Oak, where officers stormed through the front door of a house on Red Apple and found Bai and 33-year-old Chao Chen with trauma wounds on their kitchen floors, Irvine Police said Sgt. Karie Davies, department spokeswoman.
Coroner officers later pronounced Chen dead at home.
The officers immediately arrested Bai and a roommate who came out of his room after hearing the commotion, Davies said. After questioning both men, investigators found the roommate, who rented a room in Red Apple’s home, was not involved in the alleged killing.
The police then booked Bai on suspicion of murder and he was held in an Orange County prison.
The police had previously announced on Tuesday that they had arrested two men without disclosing who they were.
Chen and Bai have been married for 13 years and have two children, Davies said. Although the children weren’t home during the murder, she said.
In October, according to court records, prosecutors accused Bai of beating Chen.
On November 18, Bai was sentenced to three years probation, eight hours of community service, 122 days of imprisonment, compensation, and a thug treatment program on November 18th, according to court records. Days later, Bai was also found guilty of absenteeism and was given three years probation, 120 days in prison and redress.
While awaiting Bai’s release from prison, Chen filed for an injunction against her husband in April, court records show. It was not initially clear whether the court had granted the application.
Coroner officers scheduled an autopsy to determine the exact cause of Chen’s death.