Just Another Orange County Murder: Jaime Anica Olvera


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UPDATED: THIS REPLACES "ANOTHER SANTA ANA JOHN DOE" AS THE VICTIM HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED.

Jaime Anica Olvera, 27, of Santa Ana, was standing on a sidewalk at Huylars Lane and West Fifth Avenue in Santa Ana around 7 p.m. July 23 when he was confronted by a robber, who was later identified as Eduardo Valencia,18, also of Santa Ana.

While the fighting ensued, a third man, later identified as Fabian Vargas Vega, 22, of Santa Ana, shot Olvera in the upper body. Valencia and Vega then fled, police say. When officers arrived to a 7:15 call in the 4200 block of West Fifth Avenue of "a shooting with a man down," Olvera was dead at the scene.

Detectives conducting a homicide investigation were following a vehicle containing two men shortly before 11:30 p.m. July 31 when the driver pulled over in the 300 block of North Jackson Street, according to police. The driver and passenger bolted out of the car on foot.

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An unidentified detective chased the passenger, later identified as Vega, who, police say, made a threatening gesture after about a half block that prompted the detective to fire several rounds at Vega, who was struck multiple times. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police claim Vega was carrying a handgun that matches the description of the one used to kill Olvera.

The driver of the vehicle got away, but police on Aug. 1 arrested Valencia on suspicion of murder and felony street terrorism--a sentencing enhancement for alleged gang crimes. He was booked into Santa Ana City Jail, where his bail was set at $1 million.

Police do not believe Olvera belonged to a gang.


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