[UPDATED with 3rd Arrest:] Andrew Pacheco, 19, Fatally Stabbed as Attackers Yell Gang Name
See Update Nos. 3-4 on page 2 with the charges prosecutors have filed against three men in this case.
See Update Nos. 1-2 on the next page identifying the dead man and the two men arrested for his murder.
ORIGINAL POST, MARCH 11, 2:10 P.M.: A 19-year-old man was fatally stabbed Saturday night in an attack Anaheim police believe was gang-related.
The fellow had been walking with a dozen or so others in the 2400 block of West Ball Road when a car pulled up, males who jumped out asked about gang affiliations and a street fight broke out.
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The unidentified 19-year-old was stabbed twice before the strangers yelled out a gang name, hopped back into their ride and sped off.
Anaheim police received the call at 11:53 p.m. to assist a stabbing victim. He was taken to UCI Medical Center in Orange, and cops were told at one point the victim was in stable condition. However, the county coroner later informed police the 19-year-old had died.
Gang and homicide investigators are
not trying to track down his killers. Anyone who can help is asked to call Orange County Crime Stoppers, even anonymously, at 855.847.6227.
UPDATE NO. 1, MARCH 12, 8:55 A.M.: The Anaheim Police Department has identified the 19-year-old stabbed to death Saturday night as Andrew Pacheco.
Police and family members do not believe Pacheco belonged to a gang.
The department is also dealing with another gang-related stabbing involving a 19-year-old believed to have been part of an early Monday confrontation in an alley near West Guinida Way. As that victim was going door-to-door seeking aid, police were contacted around 3:30 a.m. and he was taken to UCI Medical Center in Orange, where he was listed in critical condition.
Police only described the second 19-year-old as a documented gang member, adding his stabbing and Pacheco's are apparently not related.
UPDATE NO. 2, MARCH 19, 6:36 P.M.: Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murdering Andrew Pacheco, according to Sgt. Bob Dunn, the Anaheim Police spokesman.
They are: Giovanni Carillo, 20, of Corona, which is where he was arrested; and Erik Silva Suarez, 23, of Anaheim, which is where he was popped.
UPDATE NO. 3, MARCH 21, 2:27 P.M.: Prosecutors have charged Carillo and Suarez with felony counts of murder and street terrorism, as well as sentencing enhancements for the use of a dangerous or deadly weapon and criminal street gang activity.
Both are being held without bail pending arraignment scheduled for April 5 in Santa Ana.
UPDATE NO. 4, MARCH 27, 12:24 P.M.: Police have arrested a third man who has already been charged in the Andrew Pacheco murder. He is Rene Daniel Penaloza of Corona.
Like Carillo and Suarez, the 18-year-old has been charged with felony murder with a sentencing enhancement for criminal street gang activity, although he escaped the dangerous or deadly weapon add-on.
Penaloza was arrested March 22, according to Anaheim Police, who add investigators believe all the murder suspects in the case are now in custody. All three are being held without bail.
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