Jury convicts Mexican Mafia boss from Orange County

By Frank Stoltze | KPCC.org January 14, 05:01 AM A longtime member of the Mexican Mafia prison gang who exerted control over Latino street gangs in Orange County for three decades was convicted Wednesday of federal racketeering offenses. The federal jury in Santa Ana found Peter Ojeda, 73, had ordered murders and assaults — even […]

Judge allows opposition to Santa Ana gang injunction to proceed

BY SEAN EMERY and ALEJANDRA MOLINA / Orange County Register Published: Nov. 20, 2014 Updated: 1:48 p.m. SANTA ANA – A group of 14 accused members of the Townsend Street gang will get their day in court after an Orange County Superior Court judge on Wednesday gave them time to muster a case for why […]

3 charged in torture of Orange County prostitute

KABC | July 30, 2014 SANTA ANA, Calif. — Two men and one woman have been charged in the kidnapping and repeated torture of a prostitute in Orange County motels. The three suspects were identified as Renice Stevenson Flores-Davis, 26, of Costa Mesa, Oscar Gonzalez-Salinas, 33, of Costa Mesa and Cierra Rose Thompson, 27, of […]

Santa Ana residents say gang injunction will criminalize youth

ALEJANDRA MOLINA (OC Register) | July 2, 2014 SANTA ANA – Townsend area residents and other community members verbally lashed out at the City Council and police chief Tuesday night against a potential new gang injunction they say will criminalize the neighborhood’s youth. Holding signs reading “No to Gang Injunctions” and “Unidad en la Comunidad” […]

Lil Man West from V-Boyz in Orange County talks about the street and drug addiction

May 9, 2014 — Orange County – Lil Man is a Vietnamese American from Orange County, that has an incredible story of family abandonment, drug addiction, gang activity and music. This interview does not even touch the surface of Lil Man’s life, but check out this Orange County story which spans the cities of Westminster, […]

14-Year-Old Boy Dies After Gang Attack in Santa Ana

Samantha Tata (NBC) | June 22, 2013 A 14-year-old boy died from wounds he suffered during a gang-related stabbing in Santa Ana, authorities announced Saturday. The attack happened about 7:20 p.m. Friday in the 600 block of South Townsend Street, where police found the teen suffering from multiple stab wounds to his upper torso. Several […]

Pedestrian Killed at End of Santa Ana Chase Following Officer-Involved Shooting

Jonathan Lloyd, Nyree Arabian, John Cadiz Klemack and Beverly White (NBCLA) | May 31, 2013 A driver involved in a police chase that killed a pedestrian remained in the hospital Thursday night, authorities said. Victor Sanchez, pictured below, is expected to be arrested on suspicion of murder, according to Santa Ana police officials. Sanchez was […]

Santa Ana sues state over redevelopment money

KABC | December 21, 2012 SANTA ANA, Calif. — The city of Santa Ana is suing the state over its demand to return millions in redevelopment money, officials said. Work on a 41-unit low-income apartment housing for developmentally disabled people in Santa Ana is about 75 percent done. “It’s very important,” said Tara Barauskas of […]

Officers patrol Santa Ana area where fight broke out

ALEJANDRA MOLINA and SEAN EMERY (THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER) | November 29, 2012 SANTA ANA – Gang-detail officers are providing extra patrol Thursday in the area of West Camille Street after a confrontation between a large crowd and police officers Wednesday evening, authorities said. Shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday, an Orange County Fire Authority crew […]

Indictments in Hispanic prison gang extortion plot

Associated Press | October 30, 2012 SANTA ANA, Calif. — Nine people linked to a Hispanic prison gang have been indicted in Southern California for an extortion plot to assess taxes on drug dealing street thugs to funnel money to the prison gang. Prosecutors say the defendants collected weekly or monthly assessment on criminal activity […]

Police: Killing of gang member was self-defense

SEAN EMERY (THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER) | October 22, 2012 SANTA ANA – Prosecutors have decided not to file criminal charges against a man suspected of stabbing one man to death and seriously injuring another during a street fight after authorities determined that he acted in self-defense, police said Monday. Investigators believe an altercation Friday […]

425 lbs OC gang member arrested for trying to abduct 10 year old boy

Streetgangs.com Staff Writer October 10, 2012 | 12:03 p.m. PST 55-year-old suspect Victor Joseph Espinoza was arrested on Friday for allegedly trying to abduct a 10-year-old boy. Espinoza is a known gang member with a long rap sheet, according to authorities. Espinoza was taken to the Orange County Jail and booked on charges of false […]

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