Suspect Nan Yang, 05-18-77, is still in the hospital and is expected to survive her self-inflicted wounds. She has been charged with the stabbing death of Victim Birk McCandless and has been booked for P.C. 187 – Murder.
On January 11, 2005, Deputies responded to an incident involving Yang and McCandless where Yang was arrested for assaulting McCandless. Yang was out on bail while awaiting pending charges.
Incident of 03-15-05:
At 10:08 A.M., Deputies were dispatched to the 14000 block of Fieldstone Dr. in Saratoga for a possible suicidal woman. Upon arrival at the residence, Deputies saw a woman (suspect Yang) on the 3rd story balcony, armed with a knife, cutting herself and threatening to jump off the balcony. As Deputies attempted to talk Yang down, she straddled the balcony and continued to cut her self more severely once she saw Deputies in the residence. The Deputies inside the residence retreated back down stairs. Once down stairs, they discovered the lifeless body of homeowner Birk McCandless. He had been stabbed to death. At about 10:55 A.M., Yang passed out due to loss of blood. Deputies disarmed her and paramedics transported her to the local hospital. Yang suffered major trauma, but is expected to live.
Anyone with any information on this case is should contact Detective Sgt. Guy Kuyat or Detective Sgt. Dean Baker at (408) 808-4500.