Two gang members receive life terms for GameStop robberies


Andrew Blankstein (Los Angeles Times) | March 15, 2011 A judge sentenced two gang members to life terms in connection with a string of robberies that targeted the GameStop video game retail chain and led to more than $1-million in losses, prosecutors said Tuesday. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mike Camacho sentenced Thomas Stringer […]

Bank fraud suspect identified as attacker in bloody Diamond Bar home invasion

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Margot Roosevelt (Los Angeles Times) | March 14, 2011 A 45-year-old man awaiting sentencing on federal bank fraud has been identified as the suspect in a bloody 2009 home invasion robbery in a gated community in Diamond Bar. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Asian Gang Team investigators used DNA to identify Yong Suk Kim […]

Man dies in suspected Hawthorne gang shooting

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Catherine Saillant (Los Angeles Times) | March 14, 2011 Authorities were searching Monday for a suspect who shot and killed a man in Hawthorne in what they described as a gang-related crime. The victim, described only as a Latino, was shot Sunday night outside an apartment complex in the 13500 block of South Yukon Street, said […]

LAPD: Hollywood ‘party buses’ can get out of control

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Andrew Blankstein (Los Angeles Times) | March 14, 2011 Separate shootings and an accident involving “party buses” that cruise around Hollywood, taking passengers to nightclubs, underscore efforts by Los Angeles police to make sure the partying doesn’t get out of hand. LAPD Capt. Bea Girmala of the Hollywood Division said the party buses come from […]

Suspect in 2009 Nyeland Acres shooting, sister accused of witness intimidation


Allison Bruce (Ventura County Star) | March 13, 2011 A brother and sister were arrested Friday and Saturday on suspicion of witness intimidation related to a gang-related shooting in December 2009, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department reported. Deputies arrested Valerie Peralta, 24, and Joseph Peralta, 20, both of Oxnard. Joseph Peralta already was at Ventura […]

Montgomery County Police Differ Internally on How to Count Gang Homicides

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Glynis Kazanjian (Rockville Patch) | March 10, 2011 As Montgomery County Police officials prepare the 2010 annual crime statistics report, views differ internally on how homicides involving gang members should be counted. Eight out of the 17 homicides committed in Montgomery County in 2010 were “gang related,” according to Lt. Dinish Patil, deputy director of […]

Video shows gang punishing one of its own

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Annie Sweeney (Chicago Tribune) |  March 10, 2011 The beating officially started with a quick crack to the back of the gang member’s head. And then about 15 others descended, punching and kicking him for two minutes. The rapid-fire punches landed from all directions on his body, sounding strangely like corn popping. Then the victim […]

Gang members suspected of robbing T.O. homes

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Thousand Oaks Acorn | March 10, 2011 Several arrests have been made in connection with burglaries that have occurred in Thousand Oaks over the past two years. According to the Thousand Oaks Police Department, a group of burglars from an Oxnard street gang have been linked to residential burglaries dating back to 2009. Investigations by […]

Ind. teen beaten by police faces new charges

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Associated Press | March 10, 2011 INDIANAPOLIS -A biracial teenager whose beating at the hands of white Indianapolis police officers spurred protests by community groups and aggravated racial tensions has been arrested on drug- and gang-related charges. Indianapolis Metropolitan police said they arrested 16-year-old Brandon Johnson and two of his older brothers Wednesday night at […]

Suspected gang member arrested after standoff in Val Verde

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Bob Pool (Los Angeles Times) | March 10, 2011 A six-hour standoff in a Val Verde neighborhood ended Thursday afternoon when Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies arrested a suspected gang member sought since July 4 on charges of assault with a deadly weapon against a member of a rival gang. Arturo Jimenez, 36, barricaded himself […]

Nine arrested in High Desert gang sweep


Joe Nelson (The Sun) | March 09, 2011 Nine people have been arrested in a gang sweep by San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies spanning the High Desert, Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley. The arrests on Tuesday capped a year-long investigation into an infiltration of the High Desert region by Los Angeles and San […]

Known gangster surrenders for credit union shooting

Irvin Briggs

Eyewitness News | March 9th, 2011 BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A known gangster has surrendered to authorities for shooting a gun in the parking lot of a Bakersfield credit union. Irvin Briggs, 38, turned himself in Tuesday night at the Kern County Jail. He was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, reckless discharge […]