Suspect: Slain teen hopped from one gang to another

Scott Smith (The Record) | September 28, 2010

STOCKTON – A 14-year-old beaten to death last month for trying to quit his street gang had left another gang before, one of eight people accused in his death told detectives during a videotaped interrogation.

Savann Rang, 21, told Stockton police detectives upon his arrest that before Rin Ros attempted to leave the Crazy Town Crips – incurring the Aug. 6 beating that cost him his life – Ros had previously dropped out of the Loc Town Crips street gang.

“They say he’s, like, a buster,” Rang said of Ros. “Nobody likes a buster.”

Rang’s insight into Ros’ death came to light Monday when the eight accused gangsters – ages 14 to 23 – underwent the first day of their preliminary hearing before San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge William Murray Jr.

In addition to Rang, the defendants are Ly So, 23; Michael Muy, 19; Ron Korm, 16; Kailler Sam, 16; Allen Phalit, 16; Sovannara Yam, 15; and Jereme Sin, 14. They all are in custody.

With such a large number of defendants, some sat with their attorneys at the counsel table, and others filled the jury box. Name tags taped to the tables and furniture marked their places. The five juveniles are charged as adults, and they all face possible long prison terms.

Rang didn’t testify, but San Joaquin County Deputy District Attorney Tori Verber played a black-and-white videotaped interview of Rang at the Stockton Police Department. Rang and the others sat quietly and watched.

In the videotape, Rang told detectives that he had been in the gang. To join, he endured a “jumping in” and fought back to prove his mettle.

But to leave, gang code dictates that you take the beating – a jumping out – and don’t fight back, or it will get worse, he said. Ros’ face looked as though he knew what was in store that day, and he didn’t fight back, Rang said.

Unlike Ros, the Crazy Town Crips let Rang “slide out” so he could take care of his daughter, now 3, by finding a job and a house. Rang said he suffered no beating.

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