Juan Escalante

Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputy Juan A. Escalante, 27, was shot and killed on August 2, 2008 outside his home in the Cypress Park community of Northeast Los Angeles. According to the Officer Down Memorial website, the two assailants, Rudy “Lil’ Psycho” Aguirre Jr. and Carlos Renterria knew that Escalante was a deputy, suggesting that […]

Gas Station Surveillance camera catches 16-year-old shooting into car

STREETGANGS.COM | May 28, 2008 Northeast Los Angeles – A 16-year-old Avenues gang member shoots into SUV hitting driver after a verbal altercation. He shoots driver in the arm, but one of his bullets hits 14-year-old female sitting in back seat of another SUV in adjacent lane directly in her eye, killing her. The driver […]

Ex-leader of LA gang gets 25-year prison term

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Sacramento Bee | October 21, 2013 LOS ANGELES — The former leader of a notorious street gang in Los Angeles was sentenced to 25 years in prison Monday for racketeering involving the killings of a rival gang member and one of his own underlings. Rudy Aguirre Jr., 32, once ran the Avenues gang, which claims […]

Husband Finally Charged in Woman’s ’03 Slaying

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Richard Winton (The Los Angeles Times) May 30, 2010 The L.A. County district attorney’s office alleges that Gustavo Alvarez hired a member of the Avenues gang to kill his wife, who was gunned down outside a Highland Park restaurant. As Virginia stepped out of the couple’s SUV, a man with a shotgun approached and fatally […]

8 arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking and human smuggling


by Andrew Blankstein (LA Times) October 15, 2009 Federal authorities have arrested eight people, and were seeking a ninth, with ties to the Drew Street clique of the Avenues gang on suspicion of drug trafficking and human smuggling. Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement served warrants Wednesday morning and Tuesday night at locations in […]

Avenues gang has a long, violent history in Los Angeles


by Bettina Boxall (LA Now/LA Times) September 22, 2009 The large gang raid this morning in Los Angeles targets a gang with a long history of violence. The Avenues gang is named for the avenues that cross Figueroa Street in Northeast Los Angeles, where the gang claims Highland Park and parts of Cypress Park, Glassell […]

Avenues gang bastion is demolished

City officials tear down the Satellite House on Drew Street, from which Maria Leon’s family allegedly controlled gang and drug activity in Glassell Park. Residents say the area has gotten safer. By Sam Quinones, Times February 5, 2009 The two-bedroom stucco house at 3304 Drew St. in Glassell Park was once the center of one […]

Avenues gang members arrested in slaying of L.A. sheriff’s deputy

Juan Abel Escalante was gunned down outside his parents’ Cypress Park home as he prepared to go to work. LAPD sources say the two suspects are well-known members of the gang. By Richard Winton and Ari B. Bloomekatz, Times Staff Writer December 14, 2008 As the wife and three children of slain Los Angeles County […]

L.A. County sheriff’s deputy’s killing remains a mystery

Detectives hope a $95,000 reward will get witnesses to step forward in the possible gang-related shooting in August in Cypress Park. By Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton November 26, 2008 When Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Juan Abel Escalante was gunned down in August outside his boyhood home in Cypress Park, theories abounded on possible […]

Girl killed in Highland Park shooting is identified

The 14-year-old had been on life support since the Tuesday attack, which wounded two others. A gang member, 16, is in custody. By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer 8:39 AM PDT, May 28, 2008 Authorities this morning identified a 14-year-old Highland Park girl who died Tuesday after allegedly being shot by a 16-year-old […]

The Avenues gang’s long, violent history

By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer February 22, 2008 The Avenues gang is named for the avenues that cross Figueroa Street in Northeast Los Angeles, where the gang claims Highland Park and parts of Cypress Park, Glassell Park and Eagle Rock as its turf. The group, which is linked to the Mexican Mafia […]

Gang mayhem cripples big area

Thousands stranded, schools locked down as notorious group battles the LAPD after a drive-by killing. By Richard Winton, Susannah Rosenblatt and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers February 22, 2008 A drive-by attack followed by a wild shootout between gang members and police shut down dozens of blocks of Northeast Los Angeles for nearly […]