Stanton’s 18th Street Gang Used SUV as Lethal Weapon in Turf Battle

R. Scott Moxley (OC Weekly) | February 27, 2012

In a narrow Stanton alley at about 8 a.m. on Nov. 2, 2006, Rito “Boxer” Guajardo pedaled his mountain bike as fast as he could because the angry occupants of a pursuing, white Mercury Mountaineer SUV–three rival Latino gang members, including one nicknamed “Sick One”–wanted him dead.

Unfortunately, Guajardo–a member of the Big Stanton criminal street gang–didn’t have the 12-gauge shotgun he’d used two months earlier in a shootout with members of the 18th Street gang.

But Guajardo, 44, enjoyed flabbergasting luck.

Ruben Roa, the 24-year-old driver of the stolen SUV, attempted to run him over but missed.

Guajardo must have felt incredible relief. He’d been caught in an area that both gangs claimed as their own turf and the enemy soldiers in the SUV had disappeared. He knew the faster he pedaled, the closer he’d get to his own homies and safety.

But Roa had no intention of accepting defeat. He doubled back to the same alley near Beach Boulevard and saw Guajardo still attempting his getaway. This time he made sure he won the contest. With his target between him a light pole, Roa aimed the SUV and slammed his foot on the gas pedal.

Guajardo’s luck and life ended instantaneously in a gruesome convergence of wood, steel and human flesh.

Court records coldly describe Guajardo’s demise this way: “a vehicle versus bicycle incident.”

After the killing, Roa ran some errands and then ditched the SUV. He didn’t know it at the time, but he also essentially left his calling card inside the vehicle for Orange County Sheriff’s Department homicide investigators. Forensic testing found his DNA on the steering wheel.

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