Police Officer Killings: Charges Filed Against Southern California Gang Members

Ties to Gang Retaliation Revealed Several suspected members of the gang's leadership were arrested on Wednesday as prosecutors announced accusations related to the fatal shooting of a woman in Commerce City in March 2022. In this instance, according to prosecutors, a member of an affiliated gang attempted to murder a police informant who had reported an attempted murder. This morning, law enforcement officers dispersed throughout the San Gabriel Valley and arrested eleven individuals on federal and state charges. U.S. Attorney Martin Estrada said at a press conference announcing the cases alongside officials from the FBI and ATF, El Monte's police chief, and L.A. County Sheriff Robert Luna. According to Estrada, ten individuals face federal charges, three of whom remain at large. He stated that five others were detained on local charges. According to strada, Quiet Village is a small gang of about 40 members that has been exceedingly violent for decades. According to him, the gang celebrated the murders of two police officers at an unlawful underground gambling establishment that it ran. Flores was on probation in accordance with a plea agreement reached in 2021 following his arrest for alleged possession of a firearm and methamphetamine. Flores could have faced several years in prison under California's "three strikes" law had he been previously convicted of burglary. According to a document reviewed by The Times, the prosecutor assigned to the case stated that he could not pursue the enhanced sentence due to one of the many sweeping policy changes Gascón implemented on his first day in office. A Times investigation revealed that Flores had not received a single in-person visit from a probation officer in at least six months prior to the murders, prompting scrutiny of the Probation Department. In the days leading up to the shooting, probation officials learned that Flores was allegedly in possession of a firearm, abusing narcotics, and assaulting a woman with whom he was involved. All of these are violations of his probation and could have led to his arrest. A preliminary report by the L.A. County Office of Inspector General revealed that during the sixteen months Flores was under county supervision, probation officers met with him only once. Read Also: Source: Los Angeles Times

Authorities announced on Wednesday that ten members of a Southern California street gang were charged with federal offenses, one year after a member murdered two suburban police officers with a handgun. Four grand jury indictments and a criminal complaint identify members and associates of the Quiet Village gang in the San Gabriel Valley east of Los Angeles.

 According to a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office, two individuals were apprehended on Wednesday, four were already in custody, and another four remain at large. The charges include conspiracy, crimes of violence in aid of racketeering, narcotic and firearm charges. However, they do not include the murders of two El Monte police officers on June 14, 2022. The suspect committed suicide following the shootings.

Among other charges, a gang member is accused of murdering a woman last year by opening fire on a vehicle containing a suspected police informant. The target was not hit. The U.S. attorney’s office stated that the gang also operated a Casita in Whittier that offered unlawful gambling and sold methamphetamine.

After a member of the gang shot and murdered Cpl. Michael Paredes, who was posthumously promoted to sergeant, as they entered a motel room to investigate a slashing report with Officer Joseph Santana, The FBI and other law enforcement agents began investigating the gang as a task force.

Authorities say that Justin Flores, 35, exchanged gunfire with another officer in a parking lot before shooting himself.A violent gang responsible for the assassinations of two courageous police officers and others has now felt the weight of a coordinated law enforcement response.

U.S. Attorney Martin Estrada said in a statement. A year after a member of a Southern California street gang shot and killed two suburban police officers, ten gang members have been charged with federal offenses, according to a statement released by authorities on Wednesday.

Four grand jury indictments and a criminal complaint identify members and associates of the Quiet Village gang in the San Gabriel Valley east of Los Angeles. According to a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office, two individuals were apprehended on Wednesday, four were already in custody, and another four remain at large.

The charges include conspiracy, crimes of violence in aid of racketeering, narcotic and firearm charges. However, they do not include the murders of two El Monte police officers on June 14, 2022.

Ties to Gang Retaliation Revealed

Photo by:  Irfan Khan via Los Angeles Times

Several suspected members of the gang’s leadership were arrested on Wednesday as prosecutors announced accusations related to the fatal shooting of a woman in Commerce City in March 2022. In this instance, according to prosecutors, a member of an affiliated gang attempted to murder a police informant who had reported an attempted murder.

This morning, law enforcement officers dispersed throughout the San Gabriel Valley and arrested eleven individuals on federal and state charges.  U.S. Attorney Martin Estrada said at a press conference announcing the cases alongside officials from the FBI and ATF, El Monte’s police chief, and L.A. County Sheriff Robert Luna.

According to Estrada, ten individuals face federal charges, three of whom remain at large. He stated that five others were detained on local charges. According to strada, Quiet Village is a small gang of about 40 members that has been exceedingly violent for decades. According to him, the gang celebrated the murders of two police officers at an unlawful underground gambling establishment that it ran.

Flores was on probation in accordance with a plea agreement reached in 2021 following his arrest for alleged possession of a firearm and methamphetamine. Flores could have faced several years in prison under California’s “three strikes” law had he been previously convicted of burglary. According to a document reviewed by The Times, the prosecutor assigned to the case stated that he could not pursue the enhanced sentence due to one of the many sweeping policy changes Gascón implemented on his first day in office.

A Times investigation revealed that Flores had not received a single in-person visit from a probation officer in at least six months prior to the murders, prompting scrutiny of the Probation Department. In the days leading up to the shooting, probation officials learned that Flores was allegedly in possession of a firearm, abusing narcotics, and assaulting a woman with whom he was involved. All of these are violations of his probation and could have led to his arrest. A preliminary report by the L.A. County Office of Inspector General revealed that during the sixteen months Flores was under county supervision, probation officers met with him only once.

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