The fatal beating of Kim Pham outside The Crosby in Santa Ana was gang-related, according to an attorney. No, not the district attorney. It's the defense attorney for one of the two Latinas facing second degree murder charges in the case. "There have been some developments in the case that directl ... More >>
A group of young Asian American adults stood in the parking lot of a Little Saigon Mexican restaurant in Sept. 2008, puffed their chests, mad dogged each other and angrily screamed their opposing criminal street gang affiliations. "V Boys!" some yelled. "Cadillac Boyz!" the rivals yelled. "Asian ... More >>
The final defendant in the Feb. 25, 1995, murder of Viet Nguyen was sentenced this week to the same punishment his three co-defendants received: life in state prison without the possibility of parole. Giang Thuy Nguyen, 37, of Fountain Valley (shown at right), and the previously sentenced trio belo ... More >>
Orange County gangster Sarith Yin thought of himself as a tough guy, a hit man, and carried a shiny, black .40-caliber handgun to elevate his 125-pound stature to heights he must have felt were towering. At the age of 18 in 2005, Yin unlawfully took a vehicle and possessed stolen property, a feat t ... More >>
[Moxley Confidential] Lawyer for the Buena Park gangster says attempted murder case is a mockery of justice
The third and final defendant convicted in the killing of 18-year-old Joshua Steven Mora-Rodriguez at a Halloween night 2009 house party in La Habra was sentenced to 12 years in state prison. Jose Francisco Nuno, 23, had struck a deal to plead guilty to five felony counts of assault with a deadly we ... More >>
Demystifying the Williams sisters
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 at ... More >>
When gang banger Joseph Baez's special circumstances murder trial began last month, he was looking at the possibility of life in state prison without the possibility of parole if convicted in Orange County's first murder of 2010. Thursday, a jury found him guilty instead of second degree murder and ... More >>
A murder trial begins in Santa Ana this morning for the alleged partner in crime of a previously convicted fellow Orange resident who, while navigating the court process from Orange County Jail, was charged with carrying out Mexican Mafia orders. Joseph Baez, 28, faces a special circumstances murder ... More >>
Ivan Sanchez, the 21-year-old Santa Ana triggerman who murdered an innocent bystander to a 2011 fight among restaurant customers over which state in Mexico is best, was sentenced today to 50 years to life in state prison.Orange County Superior Court Judge William Froeberg reportedly called the murde ... More >>
Three people have been arrested for the Oct. 19 murder in Santa Ana of Edgar Omar Sura, 20, of Anaheim.That's not all: Jeamy Beatriz Melendez, 23, Ricardo Alcala, 23, and Issac Angel Martinez, 25, are also accused of shooting at undercover Garden Grove police officers on Nov. 13, when no one was hit ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post with the name of the man police shot in the chest Sunday.ORIGINAL POST, OCT. 22, 2:54 P.M.: The Anaheim neighborhood where 14-year-old John Perez was murdered in what police believe to be a gang shooting last week is growing increasingly sketchier. First, an of ... More >>
See Update No. 2 at the end of this post on Ivan Sanchez's conviction.See Update No. 1 on Sanchez's trial opening. ORIGINAL POST, SEPT. 7, 4:14 P.M.: Nineteen-year-old gang member Ricardo Guerra Rocha was sentenced today to 40 years to life in state prison for the unprovoked shooting-murder of Este ... More >>
Dozens of Anaheim residents outraged by the recent spate of officer involved shootings focused their anger addressing the city council again last night. A phalanx of news vans was parked on Lincoln Avenue as hundreds of people gathered in the massive auditorium at Anaheim High School. The location w ... More >>
Following a 134-count federal grand jury indictment, the FBI arrested the 35-year-old leader of a notorious South Carolina criminal gang United Blood Nation (AKA Bloods Street Gang) in Huntington Beach this week.South Carolina-native David Andrea Jenkins (AKA "Dread") and his gang members used sophi ... More >>
See update at the end of this post on Ricardo Guerra Rocha being found guilty.ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 20, 10:03 A.M.: A 19-year-old Santa Ana man is scheduled to face trial this morning for the shooting-murder of an innocent bystander outside a popular Santa Ana taco joint where an argument had broken o ... More >>
Three alleged, 19-year-old gang members are facing attempted murder of a police officer counts from Friday's early morning shooting up of an occupied Anaheim Police car. Juan Carlos Covarrubias, Jordy Roman Martinez and Andrew Gomez Sanchez each face sentences of 45 years to life in state prison wi ... More >>
A 14-year-old boy accused of shooting and causing great bodily harm to a 16-year-old boy outside Santa Ana High School April 27 will be charged as an adult on felony attempted murder and street terrorism counts, prosecutors announced.Held in lieu of $1 million bail, Oswaldo Sotello of Santa Ana face ... More >>
Coker's been trying all week to find and publish this week's "Butt Ugly Mug Shot," but he's failed miserably.Barring a miracle by 5 p.m. today, I've got him beat.And I have to thank Orange County methamphetamine and heroin dealer Aurelio Fidencio Saldivar, Jr., who is also a cold-blooded murderer an ... More >>
After Huntington Beach police gang unit officers made a traffic stop in Westminster that resulted in John Andrew Torres, 26, of Fullerton, and Erick Catalan, 20, of Long Beach, being shot dead Nov. 1, 2011, "official" explanations for the police engagement kept changing.That's the kind of thing that ... More >>
UPDATE, MARCH 14, 3:20 P.M.: Santa Ana Police have arrested a 19-year-old man and 16-year-old boy for the gang-retaliation murder of Mario Carlos Hernandez, 20. The older teen, Rene Mojarra, was the shooter, according to police.
UPDATE, JAN. 19, 1:30 P.M.: From the Los Angeles Times: "Long Beach police said they believe that Ponce is responsible for other killings, including two in the Long Beach area. Authorities did not release details on those two cases but said the slaying occurred in the downtown Long Beach area ... More >>
YumsVincent Julian Valdez's stupidity on MySpace cost him 10 years in a California prison.In 2007, the trigger-happy Santa Ana hoodlum with the Thug Family Life (T.F.L.) gang obviously didn't get the memo concerning stealth.Valdez attempted to reduce his potential prison exposure after committing ... More >>
Armand JonesA Long Beach gang member has been sentenced to life in state prison for his role in the murder of Armand Jones, a rising actor who had just wrapped filming Freedom Writers in March 2006 when he was gunned down in Anaheim.Ironically, in the movie starring Hilary Swank, 18-year-old Jone ... More >>
Joseph Felix Diaz could have reasonably argued he acted in self defense when he shot rival gang member Faustino Armenta in the shoulder to fend off a beer-bottle attack. But such a defense went out the window when the 27-year-old chased Armenta for 200 feet and pumped two more bullets into the ma ... More >>
As Santa Ana celebrated Dia de los Muertos, Libreria Martinez hosted author Luis Rodriguez. Rodriguez, of course, is best known for the 1993 memoir of gang life, Always Running: La Vida Loca Gang Days in L.A., which discusses his early years of living in East Los Angeles as a gang member. Having ... More >>
UPDATE, NOV. 2, NOON: As happened to his brother Juan Manuel Villanueva on Tuesday, parole was denied this morning for Jose Luis Villanueva, who is imprisoned for the same 1994 stabbing-murder and attempted murdersThere was one difference: Juan, 35, will have a chance to go before the state parol ... More >>
A parolee who was supposedly under the watch of a Garden Grove rehab center obviously wasn't on Aug. 31, according to Santa Ana police officials who have linked 28-year-old Bryant Phillip Islas to the attempted murder of a man heading to Taco Bell for lunch that day. Islas is accused of walking a ... More >>
UPDATE, SEPT. 12, 8:16 A.M.: Charged as an adult last year at the ripe young age of 14--the lowest age allowed under law--Andrew Cervantes was convicted last week of second degree murder and gang sentencing enhancements for gunning down Manuel Raul Orozco, 17, steps from his Santa Ana home and Fr ... More >>
A La Habra man headed a notorious Crips street gang drug ring that sold marijuana across the country and held meetings on the same Compton block where a second Crips operation sold pot and moved prescription drugs to Louisiana, according to the U.S. Attorney's office in Los Angeles.Deverick Desha ... More >>
UPDATE, JUNE 23, 10:47 A.M.: The parole board is two-for-two . . . . . . on denials, that is.Like they did with convicted killer Johnnie Earl Moore, the Board of Parole Hearings, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations denied the parole yesterday of La Habra gang banger Marco A ... More >>
SimonsOK, to be honest, a high-speed pursuit suspect's police mugshot was uglier than Stanley Simons' shown here.But this week's winner committed a much, much uglier crime.Simons, 24, helped take from the world rising star Armand Jones, who was gunned down in Anaheim shortly after he finished fil ... More >>
T-RackOn May 11, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) heralded a "major victory" against an Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA)-acquired gang injunction, which is a blanket court order against multiple people suspected of belonging to gangs instead of the usual injunctions served ... More >>
UPDATE, MAY 10, 1:21 P.M.: Anaheim police have identified the 23-year-old man who was shot and killed early Sunday on Walnut Street near West Elderwood Avenue.He was Merced Miguel Medina of Anaheim. Police say Medina was a gang member and suspect his killer(s) belonged to a rival gang.
Benjamin Dinh NguyenUPDATE, APRIL 21, 11:55 A.M.: Garden Grove police have identified the 19-year-old who died from a gunshot wound March 20 as Scottie Bui.He was shot during a confrontation involving three Asian gangs at Harbor Boulevard and Westminster Avenue, where a juvenile was also wounded ... More >>
Stephenson Choi Kim: boo-whoYou can tell from a photograph shown at his murder trial that Stephenson Choi Kim desperately wanted to think of himself as a tough guy.In the picture, Kim is wearing that unmistakable hoodlum glare on his face while he points a handgun at the camera. See? I'm fea ... More >>
UPDATE, FEB. 25, 12:09 P.M.: A judge Wednesday dismissed murder charges filed against two young men in the Halloween night killing of Jose Derek Guerrero, 22, of Santa Ana.Salvador Alvarez, 21, and Jose Antonio Vargas, 20, both of Santa Ana, were later released from Orange County Jail, where they ... More >>
More than two months after 14-year-old Eddie Jurado Duran was found dead in the driver's seat of a stolen car parked in a Santa Ana alley, two teens believed to have been occupants in the vehicle have been arrested for his murder.Because of boys' ages--15 and 16--they have not been identified.
Robert Flores, 20, of Santa Ana, has died of complications from injuries he suffered in a gang-related shooting in 2006.Because he died this year, Santa Ana Police consider Flores' passing the 11th gang-related homicide of 2010.So far.
Headline: Gang Member Gets Life for Execution SlayingsComment by STOPCRIME: Fry him and deport all of his family members. Oh deport anyone who knows him including his neighbors.Comment by LOL12345: The more of each othe they wipe out the less we have to pay for their health care, food, etc while ... More >>
Chhoun: I paid too much!You might imagine that hardcore members of Southern California's criminal street gangs would want to pay the lowest price possible for a car--or even steal it for nothing.But in February 2008, Rick Chhoun--a resident of Long Beach and an admitted 19-year-old member of the ... More >>
UPDATED: The murder victim is identified. So is the murder suspect (updates throughout) . . . Santa Ana Police received reports of shots fired in the 500 block of West St. Andrew Place just after 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Officers arrived to find a white SUV with the target of that gunfire inside: 19-yea ... More >>
Martin Trujillo was found shot to death in the 10900 block of Flower Avenue in Stanton around 10 p.m. Friday.Orange County Sheriff's investigators say the 30-year-old was a known gang member and that they believe his slaying was gang-related. However, deputies added the area where Trujillo's body ... More >>
Headline: Teenage Gang Member Found Dead in VehicleComment by SPARKLETTS: When is the car wash?Comment by DANTHEMAN: Anyone think Dana Point when they read the headline. The answer is no. We have a big problem and it has to do with that little sanctuary city known as Santa Ana.
UPDATE: A second 14-year-old has been arrested for murdering Manuel Raul Orozco (updates throughout) . . . Manuel Raul Orozco, 17, was just steps from his Santa Ana home about 5:30 p.m. June 22 when he was approached by two younger teens on bicycles.A gun was whipped out, a shot was fired into O ... More >>
UPDATED THROUGHOUT . . . View Larger MapThe man shot in the upper torso early Sunday before his car crashed into parked vehicles a couple blocks from Willowick Municipal Golf Course in Santa Ana has been identified. Jose Felix Nieto-Bautista, 22, later died at the hospital. Two have been arrested fo ... More >>
Bill HuntMultiple sources say that the Santa Ana Police Officers Association has yanked its endorsement of Orange County sheriff's candidate Bill Hunt.
Headline: Fight at Party Leads to ShootingComment by southoc: If there was a gang injunction in Santa Ana parties would be illegal.Comment by dan18ny: more gang on gang violence......good, let them go at itComment by bluecitrus: This is what happens when too much Cerveza is consumed to fill an e ... More >>