Gang Member Gets Life Without Parole for Shooting Death in Cypress Park

Maurico Solano lights a candle for his friend Marcos Salas

Michelle Mowad (Highland Park – Mount Washington Patch/City News Service) | March 21, 2014 A gang member convicted of first-degree murder for being the get-away driver in a Cypress Park shooting that killed a man holding a toddler and the attempted murders of two police officers involving a subsequent shootout was sentenced today to life […]

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 […]

Dee the Great of The Campain in Northeast Los Angeles (NELA)

STREETGANGS.COM | October 05, 2013 Northeast Los Angeles – Dee the Great talks about what it is really like at a Los Angeles Dodger’s game despite Bryan Stow getting severly beat in 2011, growing up in the Drew Street area of Northeast LA, and The Campain (rap group) which includes LAEyecon, Dodger Blue and Slum […]

Gang Member Gets Life in Murder of L.A. Sheriff’s Deputy

Deputy Juan Abel Escalante

KTLA News | October 24, 2012 LOS ANGELES — A gang member pleaded guilty to murder Tuesday in the fatal shooting of an L.A. County sheriff’s deputy in 2008 and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Carlos Velasquez, 28, pleaded guilty to murder and one count of possession of a […]

Varrio HighLand Park

Varrio HighLand Park (HLP) is a predominately Hispanic street gang located in the Highland Park area in Northeast Los Angeles in the City of Los Angeles. The gang territory is located just west of the City of South Pasadena. Clicks: Back Street Kings, Los Chicos Malos, York Blvd Gees, 50th Street Dukes, La Prada Street […]

Suspects sought in Cypress Park double shooting

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Andrew Blankstein and Rick Rojas (Los Angeles Times) | January 11, 2012 Los Angeles police were searching Wednesday for at least two people believed to have shot a man and a youth with an assault rifle at a Cypress Park residence. The shooting occurred just after 2 p.m. in the 2600 block of Loosmore Street. Los […]

Gang Crime Drop Big In ‘Summer Night Lights’ Areas


EGP News Report | October 14, 2010 Gang-related crimes plunged 40 percent on average — and more than 80 percent in some areas — around parks and recreation centers that were part of this year’s Summer Night Lights program, it was announced Tuesday. “Today’s Summer Night Lights has become a crowning achievement in our gang […]

6 people wounded in gang-related shooting in Highland Park, police say


October 4, 2009 | 10:58 am Six people are in stable condition today after suffering gunshot wounds in a gang-related shooting in Highland Park, police said. The victims were shot Saturday about 9:40 p.m. after two suspects in a car opened fire on a house party near Figueroa Street and Avenue 55, Los Angeles Police […]

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 […]

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 […]

Police offer $95,000 reward to help catch deputy’s killers

Daily News Wire Service Updated: 11/26/2008 06:26:36 PM PST CYPRESS PARK- Law enforcement officials offered a $95,000 reward Wednesday for information leading to the arrest and conviction of assailants who shot to death a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy in early August. The Los Angeles City Council offered a $75,00 reward, and the Board of Supervisors […]

Slain L.A. County deputy may not have seen killer

Juan Abel Escalante of Cypress Park was shot from behind, L.A. police detectives say. By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer August 5, 2008 The off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy who was slain outside his home over the weekend was shot from behind and may not have seen his killer, police detectives said […]