DA Investigated Both Los Alamitos Police Captain and Westminster City Clerk for Domestic Violence

Cities of Westminster and Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos Police Department Capt. Rick Moore and Westminster City Clerk Amanda Jensen were found dead Monday, July 17, when a police SWAT team entered a Seal Beach apartment hours after a distress call and reports of gunshots.

The District Attorney’s office investigated possible domestic violence in the relationship between Los Alamitos Police Department Capt. Rick Moore and Westminster City Clerk Amanda Jensen, but was unable to file charges against either despite Jensen’s multiple claims of physical assault, a DA spokeswoman said in a statement.

The DA’s office is aware of “several incidents” between Jensen and Moore and investigated two of those instances, spokeswoman Michelle Van Der Linden wrote Wednesday in an email.

The two incidents the DA’s office looked into included claims from Jensen that Moore assaulted her, her later repudiation of those allegations and claims from Moore that Jensen screamed at him and kicked his vehicle, which he said he captured on his cell phone.

The DA’s office was unable to file charges in either case because “allegations of domestic violence against Moore could not be corroborated.”

The two incidents the DA investigated occurred on June 8, 2016 and June 3, 2017. According to Van Der Linden, the first incident was reported to the Westminster Police Department through an anonymous letter. The letter requested an investigation into “potential domestic violence by Captain Moore against Amanda Jensen.” The department contacted the DA to conduct the investigation.

When speaking to DA investigators about the June 8 incident, Jensen stated Moore “never hit her” and instead claimed she injured herself during a “verbal argument,” according to the DA’s statement. Jensen’s injuries included bruises. But in that same interview, Jensen said Moore had “physically assaulted her” before and provided a photo of a bruise as evidence. Later that day, she “recanted her allegations” and said the photo was from another incident that did not involve Moore, according to the DA spokeswoman’s statement.

Moore denied ever hitting or injuring Jensen, Van Der Linden said in the email.

The DA investigated the June 3, 2017 incident after it was reported to the Garden Grove Police Department by a neighbor. According to the DA spokeswoman, when officers arrived, “Jensen was intoxicated and stated Moore slapped her once in the face.” Officers did not see any injuries, Van Der Linden wrote in the email.

When the officers interviewed Moore, he said Jensen screamed at him and kicked his vehicle as he tried leave. Moore said he caught the incident on his cell phone and provided it to the police.

According to Van Der Linden, the second incident was submitted to the DA “with both parties as potential defendants.”

But neither the first nor second case could be substantiated enough to file charges, she said.

“Therefore we could not file on either case as neither could be proven beyond a reasonable doubt,” Van Der Linden said in an email.

Jensen and Moore’s bodies were found early Monday in an apartment in Seal Beach following reports of gunshots and an hours-long SWAT blockade. According to Seal Beach Police Department Sgt. Michael Henderson, the shooter in last Sunday’s incident has not been identified. Seal Beach police are waiting on autopsies to determine the causes of death.

Jose Ochoa is a Voice of OC intern. He can be reached at joseochoa.voc@gmail.com.

  • Many Years ago my daughter was involved in a abusive relationship. She got a restraining order against him, but every time she found shelter with friends he would drive by and shoot into the building. The LBPD response? “if there was no 3d party witness, there is nothing we can do” right I guess it is too costly to check the bullets against his weapon… fortunately the slime ball found a new victim, but she put a bullet in his brain, the tragic part, she also put one in her brain.

    Domestic cases are always volatile. I wonder why SWAT took hours to enter the crime scene? from the original story I recall she was alive for an hour after SWAT arrived, but my memory may be hazy.

  • OCservant_Leader

    The OC DA has more blood on its hands. This was a classic DV case involving Law Enforcement’s own. The victim – Amanda – had no where to turn and this murder/suicide was textbook predictable.

    I hope Amanda’s family lawyers up – they must sue. May she R.I.P.

    When I first read about this case – I knew the County was to blame.

    • LFOldTimer

      I agree that the county ultimately has blood on it’s hands here.

      But Amanda should have stayed away from this maniac. Going over to his Apt. was the ultimate and final mistake that she made.

      The moral of the story is that if someone is abusive in a relationship – steer clear of him or her.

  • LFOldTimer

    More whitewash.

    And today we’re left with 2 dead people.

    Could we listen to the 911 tape of the call from Amanda Jensen to emergency dispatch prior to her death? Or would that be a violation of POBOR? 😉

    • David Zenger

      The police apparatus has a dismal record when it comes to domestic violence perpetrated by their own.

      Screaming and a dent in your car don’t usually lead to murder/suicide.

      • LFOldTimer

        I read that a domestic violence conviction would make the possession of a firearm illegal under both state and Federal law. I assume that would end the career of a police officer.

        I think the public should be allowed to listen to Amanda Jensen’s 911 call when she apparently pleaded for help. 911 calls are played for the public all the time. They played Nicole Simpson’s 911 call so many times I had it memorized.

        Pay attention to the transparency, or lack thereof, that follows.

        Probably another 6 month or longer to investigate. Enough time for the public to forget all about it.

        • Paul Lucas

          Thats also the same reason that the use of benzo’s (Xanax etc) doesnt have your 2A removed because more than 3/4 of the police force are on these meds.

          • LFOldTimer

            I have no idea where you got that information. But it sounds logical enough to me.

            If the heat gets too hot in the kitchen they can always take a “stress out” retirement – like we’ve seen so many times and get rewarded with premium tax-free benefits.

            Remember the Fullerton police chief running for cover when the facts on the Kelly Thomas brutal homicide were exposed?

          • verifiedsane

            If Kelly Thomas’s father wasn’t a retired cop and the video….that crime would have been covered up in quick order….how many more Kelly Thomas had no one to speak out or fight for them when they were victims of murderous police brutality? In all truth, we will never know!

            We have truly gone past the point of no return….it will only spiral further out of control going forward….The tragic, unfortunate, and distasteful reality of our small chapter in history; the die has already been cast….you are now left to your own devices fellow citizens….

          • LFOldTimer

            You’re right. If that photo of Kelly wouldn’t have been posted at a blogsite for the world to see it would’ve been buried. And your concern whether this behavior is commonly perpetrated on this vulnerable population of people who don’t have family or representation to look out for them is valid.