Ricardo Valdovinos
Ricardo Valdovinos
Courtesy of Santa Ana Police Department

[UPDATED] Martin Bravo Cervantes, 2010 OC Homicide No. 17: Robbed, Beaten with Stick in Alley

Courtesy of Santa Ana Police Department
Ricardo Valdovinos
UPDATE, FEB. 16, 11:57 A.M.:

A second teen has been arrested in the murder and robbery of a 41-year-old man who was beaten to death with a stick in a Santa Ana alley in the spring of 2010.

Ricardo Valdovinos was charged Monday with murder and second-degree robbery, with a special-circumstance allegation that the slaying was committed during a robbery.

The Orange County district attorney's office is seeking the death penalty for the Santa Ana 18-year-old.

Javier Ricky Enriquez, who turns 17 in April, was arrested May 4 for the murder of Martin Bravo Cervantes, whose body was found in an alley at McFadden and Standard avenues in Santa Ana two mornings before.

Enriquez, who, like Valdovinos, was a juvenile at the time of the crime, is being prosecuted as an adult. He pleaded not guilty in December to the same charges facing his buddy, and he's due in a Santa Ana courtroom Friday for a pretrial hearing.

UPDATE, MAY 6, 2010, 2:28 P.M.: A 16-year-old boy was arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of robbing and murdering Martin Bravo Cervantes.

The boy, who was not identified because of his age, is being held at Juvenile Hall in Orange. He allegedly beat Cervantes fatally with an object.

Others may be involved. Anyone with information about the man's death is asked to call Santa Ana police at 714.245.8390.

ORIGINAL POST, MAY 3: The man found dead in an alley at McFadden and Standard avenues in Santa Ana after 7 a.m. Sunday has been identified as 41-year-old Martin Bravo Cervantes.

He appeared to have been involved in a fight during which he was hit several times by an unknown object, according to police.

Investigators are unsure whether Cervantes was robbed. No suspects have been identified.


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