Three Charged with Capital Murder in Shooting of 15-Year-Olds

Three people have been charged with capital murder in a shooting that killed two 15-year-old boys and injured two others in May in South Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.

Cristian Ivan Macias (dob 2/19/99), Nancy Joanna De La Rocha (dob 12/4/91) and Edwin Federico Loza (dob 1/26/99), all residents of South Los Angeles, each face two counts of murder and two counts of premeditated attempted murder, according to the amended criminal complaint in case BA468865.

The charges include special circumstance allegations of multiple murders and that the defendants were active members of a street gang who carried out the crime to further the gang’s activities, making them eligible for the death penalty. The complaint also alleges that Loza personally and intentionally discharged a firearm, a handgun, in the attack.

De La Rocha and Loza are scheduled to be arraigned today in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center. Macias pleaded not guilty to the charges in July and has a preliminary hearing setting scheduled today in the same courtroom.

Charges were filed against De La Rocha on June 18, against Macias on Sept. 20, and against Loza on Nov. 16. The court denied bail for all three defendants.

On May 13, Macias allegedly had a confrontation with a group of teenage boys on a public street, according to Deputy District Attorney Michael Michelena of the Hardcore Gang Division. After leaving the area, Macias allegedly returned with his co-defendants in a vehicle a short time later and found the teens walking in the 300 block of West Manchester Avenue near the 110 Freeway.

Loza is accused of then opening fire on the victims with a handgun, the prosecutor said.

Lamarrion Upchurch and Monyae Jackson were killed, and the other two boys, who were also 15 years old, were hit and injured by the gunfire. All four victims lived in the South Los Angeles area.

The defendants were individually arrested over the following months.

They each face a possible maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole or death if convicted as charged. A decision will be made at a later date on whether to seek the death penalty.

The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department, South Bureau Homicide.

3 Men Arrested for Weapons and Gang Charges.

On October 6, 2018, Delano officers of the Special Enforcement Unit, contacted three subjects exiting a vehicle in the alley of the 400 block of Jefferson Street.

Officers saw a firearm, partially concealed under the right front passenger seat. A check of the firearm showed it was loaded and unregistered. Officers arrested Joel Quintero, 20, Jobany Quintero, 22, and Gerardo Gaona, 18, all of Delano, on weapons and gang charges.

OFFICERS ARREST TWO PLEASANT STREET GANG MEMBERS

OFFICERS ARREST TWO PLEASANT STREET GANG MEMBERS IN POSSESSION OF A STOLEN FIREARM AND PAROLE VIOLATION DURING A TRAFFIC STOP

On Sunday, November 25, 2018, at 4:54 P.M. Southeast patrol Officer Landin and Officer Correa were patrolling the area of Garden Ave and Olive Ave due to a recent uptick in violent crime in the area. Officer Landin initiated a traffic stop on a silver Chevy Impala occupied by two male subjects for a traffic violation. The driver, 30 year-old Terrell Cobb of Fresno, immediately pulled over and stopped the vehicle as the passenger, 19-year-old Donovan Kelley, quickly exited and fled. After a short foot pursuit, Officer Landin caught Kelley who was later found to have possessed a stolen and loaded .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun. Cobb, who remained with the vehicle, was found to be on parole for a felony offense. Cobb and Kelley were confirmed as validated Pleasant Street Gang members.

Terrell Cobb and Donovan Kelley were both arrested and booked into the Fresno County Jail for multiple felony offenses. Please see the attached photographs of the recovered firearm, ammunition and suspect’s Cobb and Kelley.

The Fresno Police Department would like to remind the public that Crime Stoppers has enhanced the rewards for information related to gang members who are involved in narcotic sales, firearm possession, and human trafficking. The new campaign consists of the following monetary rewards for anonymous tips. If a gang member is arrested for possessing a handgun, the reward is $2,000. If a gang member is arrested for possessing an assault rifle, the reward is $3,000. If a gang member is arrested for human trafficking, the reward is $3,000 and if a gang member is involved in drug sales, the reward is $1,000. Anyone with information is urged to call crime stoppers at (559)-498-STOP (7869) with information. Your information is kept confidential.

Donovan Kelley and Terrell Cobb

SOUTHWEST PATROL OFFICERS ARREST ARMED GANG MEMBER

On Saturday, November 24, 2018, Southwest Patrol Officer Jason Laird and Officer Jesus Torres were in the area of the 300 block of east Garrett Avenue for a call of a possible armed suspect. They spotted, 29-year-old Jareal Omega Albert, a Muhammad Street Gang Member with an extensive criminal history. They noticed Albert was walking away from a bush near an abandoned home. Because of the 911 call, the officers knew Albert matched the description of the armed suspect. Officers wanted to stop Albert, but he ignored the officer’s commands to stop and fled into a home. Our officers checked the area Albert was seen at and found a loaded .22 caliber rifle that was recently left behind. Officer Laird and Torres later apprehended Albert in a nearby home. He was arrested for possession of the rifle, and for having ammunition still in his pocket. Our officer’s seizure of this firearm from an armed gang member will undoubtedly help reduce crime in our district.

Also noteworthy was that this arrest and seizure is the 149th illegal firearm seized by Southwest Officers this year. This proactive approach has assisted in a reduction in shootings and violent crime in the Southwest District. Our officers will continue their efforts to make a direct impact in the Southwest community to reduce all crime and make our streets safe.

Alfonso Castillo
Police Sergeant
Fresno Police Department
Southwest Policing District
2323 Mariposa Mall
Fresno, CA 93721
Alfonso.Castillo@Fresno.Gov

Two Gang members Arrested for Weapons Charges.

On Monday, November 26th, 2018 Southwest Patrol Officers Luis Carrillo and Gilberto Avila were conducting proactive patrol in the area of N. Mariposa Street and E. Madison Avenue due to an increase in gang and prostitution activities occurring in the neighborhood. While in the area, officers observed Lee Street Criminal Street Gang Member Jamal Cole, Klette MOB Criminal Street Gang Member Timothy Williams, and Klette MOB Criminal Street Gang Associate Treyvon Ransom. Upon making contacted with these subjects, Williams immediately discarded a sweater to the ground. When this sweater was searched, officers located a 40 caliber, Astra Arms A100 firearm. Williams was immediately taken into custody. Officers later determined the firearm had a high capacity magazine containing 13 live rounds of 40 caliber ammunition.

A warrants check on all three subjects revealed Jamal Cole is on active felony probation for possessing a firearm in a school zone. Treyvon Ransom is on active felony probation for the possession of a concealed firearm, and had a felony warrant issued for his arrest. Williams was also determined to be on probation for criminal threats. Under Miranda, Williams admitted to possessing the firearm for protection against rival gang members. Williams was later booked into the Fresno County Jail for various weapon related offenses and Ransom was booked on his outstanding warrant.

This arrest and seizure is the 150th illegal firearm seized by the Southwest Officer this year. This proactive approach has assisted in the reduction of shootings and violent crime in the Southwest Policing District. Officers will continue their efforts to make a direct impact in the Southwest community and to reduce all crime and make our streets safe.

The Fresno Police Department would like to remind the public that Crime Stoppers has enhanced the rewards for information related to gang members / subjects who are involved in narcotic sales, firearm possession, and human trafficking. The new campaign consists of the following monetary rewards for anonymous tips. If a gang member is arrested for possessing a handgun, the reward is $2,000. If a gang member is arrested for possessing an assault rifle, the reward is $3,000. If a gang member is arrested for human trafficking, the reward is $3,000 and if a gang member is involved in drug sales, the reward is $1,000. Anyone with information is urged to call crime stoppers at (559)-498-STOP (7869) with information. Your information is kept confidential.

Attached is a photograph of Timothy Williams, Treyvon Ransom, and the recovered firearm.

GANG MEMBER ARRESTED WITH A LOADED FIREARM HIDDEN IN HIS WAISTBAND

On Monday, November 26, 2018, just before 8:00 pm, the Southwest Special Response Team was in the 300 block of N. Diana, when they observed a suspicious vehicle in the alley. Officers contacted the two occupants, one who was identified as 28 year old Anthony Ramirez, a McKenzie Street Bulldog criminal street gang member.

Officers learned that Ramirez was on Fresno County Probation for possession of a firearm. When officers began to conduct a probation search, the adult female driver put the vehicle in reverse and began to back up. She was ordered to stop and she did. She would later tell officers that she attempted to flee only because Ramirez told her to “drive off.”

Officers eventually pulled Ramirez out of the car to search him and found a loaded Czechoslovakian 7.62X25mm semi-auto handgun in his waistband. He was taken into custody without incident.
Ramirez is a convicted felon with several prior arrests for unlawfully possessing a firearm. He was booked into Fresno County Jail for possession of a firearm by a prior convicted felon and for narcotics possession.

Officer Dominic Morini
Special Response Team (SRT)
Southwest Policing District
Fresno Police Department