The murder and dismemberment case of Mei Li, which shocked the Chinese community across the United States, has made further progress. Photos of the suspected husband, Samuel Bond Haskell IV, have been exposed. He was sentenced to 3 years for assault with a deadly weapon in his early years. Probation; Police found blood and other evidence consistent with killing and dismemberment from the home they shared.
During a search on November 8, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) found Li Mei’s torso in a trash can in Encino and subsequently arrested her husband, 35-year-old Haskell IV. As part of the investigation, police expanded their search and specifically targeted a property in the Tarzana area where Haskell, his wife, and their parents lived together. Here, investigators found more physical evidence that appeared to be human remains. The property is located on Coldstream Terrace, just five miles away from where the remains were originally found in a dumpster at the intersection of Ventura Boulevard and Rubio Avenue. Investigators reviewed security camera footage from the area and found the remains were linked to Tarzana’s home.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Haskell was accused of murdering his wife Li Mei and may also be involved in the disappearance of Li Mei’s parents, Yanyang Wang (transliteration) and Gaoshen Li (transliteration). As of now, the whereabouts of the three are still unknown.
According to court records, Haskell was arrested in December 2008 and charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon. He pleaded no contest to assault at the time and was sentenced to three years of probation in 2010.
Currently, the police are actively tracking two SUV vehicles that may be related to this crime. One of the vehicles is a white Volkswagen Tiguan with license plate number 9 ANC 8 9 0, and the other is a 2014 white Nissan Pathfinder with license plate number 7FRM190.
Haskell is currently being held at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility without bail. His court hearing is scheduled for Monday the 13th at the Van Nuys Municipal Court.