Two known gang members who allegedly filmed themselves taunting and threatening the young son of a rival with a handgun were held to answer on all charges Friday in a San Mateo County courtroom. Read More
Two known members of the notoriously vicious Taliban gang in East Palo Alto are being charged in connection with a shocking cellphone video in which they appear to be abusing a child, according to prosecutors.
The video reportedly shows Wilbert Ard, 26, and Dwayne Henry, 20, using the loaded magazine of a handgun to shove a child who appears to be younger than 5 years old and then threatening to shoot him dead. Read More
With a court reporter’s grand jury transcripts still missing in a major murder case involving last year’s fatal shooting of a German tourist, a judge Monday declined to throw out the case against the suspects. Read More
“My friend is still gone.”That was Sergio Perez’s reaction to news Thursday that an arrest had been made in the senseless killing of a prep cook outside a Mission district eatery on Aug. 30.Perez worked alongside slain 22-year-old Gaspar Puch-Tzek at Hog and Rocks restaurant. He said he is both sad and angry at the loss of his friend and neighbor.“It’s good that [the suspect] won’t be able to kill more people,” Perez said. “But I don’t feel better.” Read More
Mayors from cities including Oakland, Salinas and San Francisco are coming together in the East Bay today to call for a unified front in the battle against gang activity. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, Salinas Mayor Dennis Donohue and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee will join San Bernardino Mayor Patrick Morris in signing a “Mayors’ Call for Action” at the California Cities Gang Prevention Network being held at the Oakland Marriott City Center on Broadway. Read More
Defense attorneys in the federal racketeering trial of seven alleged MS-13 gang members began their case in San Francisco Thursday by reexamining the role of federal informants in the gang, including members who may have committed violent crimes while being paid for information.Prosecutors, who rested their months-long case in the morning, condemned the defense’s recalling of an FBI special agent, calling the action “a fishing expedition.” Read More
The grief-stricken mother of a slain 3-month-old said she blames herself for not shielding her baby from a hail of bullets fired by teenage gunmen in an apparent case of mistaken identity.
In a heart-wrenching news conference Monday, Ivonne Garcia-Lopez, 22, winced in pain from a gunshot wound and sobbed uncontrollably as she detailed her futile attempt to save her child during the Sunday incident. Read More
Federal prosecutors in San Francisco earlier this month triumphantly announced the indictments of three alleged MS-13 gang members for the murder of a Daly City man last June.
However, at least one of the suspects, an illegal immigrant from El Salvador, was already known to federal immigration authorities and under supervised release at the time of the murder of 26-year-old Alexander Temaj-Castanon, a restaurant worker who police say may have been mistaken for a rival gang member. Read More
Gang members shot a man they mistook for a rival as he sat on a front doorstep Monday night in the Bayview district, police said.Police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said two young men walked up to the 22-year-old man in the 1400 block of Thomas Avenue near Keith Street at about 8:30 p.m. and demanded to know what gang he “claimed.” Read More
A 19-year-old gangbanger could spend 13 years in prison for carrying a gun.But Jacori Bender can blame his mouth as much as the gun for the possibility of a stiff sentence, according to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. It certainly did not help that Bender told a security guard in 2009, “I’m the Real Oakdale Boy, ya’ll gonna get blasted up in here,” prosecutors said. Read More