In an unusual twist, a ‘Most Wanted’ suspect turns himself in to authorities

By Greg Hardesty

Suspects on “Most Wanted” lists almost always try to stay hidden from law enforcement.

Every day, they wake up with the same goal:

Remain a ghost.

Recently, the Tustin PD scratched a suspect off its “Most Wanted” list after something unusual happened:

The suspect turned himself in.

Perhaps Farhad Shojachaghervand got tired of being on the lam.

Maybe his conscience got to him.

Tustin PD Det. Eric Haug isn’t sure why, but on April 10, Shojachaghervand — wanted for a domestic violence incident that occurred in 2017 — hired an attorney and turned himself in at an O.C. courthouse.

“It’s not every day the suspect you are looking for surfaces on their own,” Haug said.

On Aug. 26, 2017, a TPD patrol officer responded to a domestic violence call at the apartment of Shojachaghervand’s ex-girlfriend and her female roommate.

That day, Shojachaghervand called the victim and asked to see her. She rejected his invite and told him she had plans with her roommate.

When the ex-girlfriend and her roommate went to leave the apartment, Farhad arrived and started violently assaulting his ex, at one point trying to drag her to his car and strangling her to the point where she lost consciousness, according to the TPD.

Farhad is accused of then focusing his anger on the roommate and violently assaulting her inside the apartment. She tried to escape from a second-story balcony but Shojachaghervand was able to grab her and continue assaulting her, according to the TPD.

The roommate told police she thought Shojachaghervand was trying to kill her.

Shojachaghervand was able to flee from the scene before the patrol officer’s arrival and a warrant was ultimately obtained for his arrest.

The case came across Haug’s desk for general review purposes.

File photo of Tustin PD Det. Eric Haug by Steven Georges/Behind the Badge OC

“Based on the circumstances surrounding the case,” Haug said, “I took a special interest in apprehending the suspect. Upon reading about this violent assault, I knew (the suspect) had to answer for these crimes.”

Haug began researching Farhad to find every work and home address he could, but they all were outdated.

After exhausting all leads, Haug placed Farhad onto the Tustin Most Wanted List to seek the public’s help.

On April 10, 2018, Haug received word that Farhad had retained an attorney and that he would be turning himself in to court.

He did, and he’s been charged with one felony count of corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant and two felony counts of assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, according to court records.

Shojachaghervand, who is listed in court records as 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds, was released in lieu of posting $50,000 bail, according to court records.

He has pleaded not guilty to the three felonies.

A pre-trial is scheduled for June 6 in Department 55 at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana.

“I hope the victims will find comfort in knowing the Tustin Police Department did not forget about them or give up on their case,” Haug said.