Three alleged gang members have been charged Tuesday with taking pictures a person to demise in Gardena, an assault that became a gun battle when the sufferer’s father returned fireplace and fatally wounded one of many assailants.
Three males — Jesus Hernandez, 27, Antonio Yanez, 22, and Justin Arteaga, 20 — are charged in federal court docket with killing a 29-year-old man on Nov. 13 exterior his household’s house in Gardena, against the law prosecutors contend was dedicated to lift the defendants’ standing within the Gardena-13 avenue gang.
Gardena-13, also referred to as Gardena Trece, counts roughly 300 members and claims a territory bounded by 135th Road to the north, 190th Road to the south, Crenshaw Boulevard to the west and Gardena’s Essential Road to the east, an investigator, Manuel Aguirre, wrote in an affidavit unsealed Tuesday.
Gardena-13, like most Latino gangs in Southern California, solutions to the Mexican Mafia, a company of about 140 males drawn from the higher ranks of the area’s avenue gangs. Though practically all members of the Mexican Mafia are incarcerated, they direct gang actions on the road by means of intermediaries and smuggled cell telephones, ordering their underlings to gather extortion funds, or “taxes,” from gang members, drug sellers, bank card scammers and different low-level criminals working in territories that they declare.
Aguirre, a particular agent with Homeland Safety Investigations, stated in his affidavit that members of Gardena-13 pay taxes to the Mexican Mafia and are believed to be trafficking methamphetamine to associates in Hawaii and importing “ghost weapons” — firearms assembled from unregistered and untraceable elements — to Southern California from Las Vegas.
The killing through which Hernandez, Yanez and Arteaga are charged came about on a stretch of 144th Road frequented by Gardena-13 members, who name the realm “the 4 Block,” Aguirre’s affidavit stated.
The sufferer of the taking pictures, Evan Campbell, lived “within the coronary heart of” Gardena-13 territory, the affidavit stated. Spray-painted on the fence of his household’s house have been the monikers for Jesus Hernandez (“Rowdy”) and Yanez (“Tank”), based on the affidavit.
Campbell, who was Black, is referenced within the affidavit solely by his initials; the Los Angeles County coroner and the Gardena police, however, have identified Campbell as the victim of the shooting.
At 9:45 p.m. on Nov. 13, Campbell and his brother have been sitting of their automobile close to their house after they noticed three males method, the affidavit stated. Via reviewing safety digital camera footage, investigators recognized the three males as Yanez, Arteaga and Hernandez’s older brother, George.
Because the three drew nearer, one flashed gang indicators and one other requested, “What’s your downside? What are you doing right here?”
“Look, we stay right here,” Campbell’s brother stated, based on the affidavit. “We don’t gang bang. We thoughts our personal enterprise. We keep over right here. Ya’ll return round to that nook.” He texted their father, who was inside the home, telling him there was bother and asking him to carry his gun, the affidavit stated.
One of many males, later recognized as George Hernandez, took a swing at Evan Campbell, who swung again, the affidavit stated. Then, all three of the boys pulled out weapons, Campbell’s brother informed investigators.
Campbell’s father ran exterior along with his gun simply as Campbell’s brother ran towards the household’s house, the affidavit stated. The daddy informed investigators he heard between 15 to 20 pictures. George Hernandez opened fireplace at Campbell’s father and he shot again, hitting him within the head and the chest, based on the affidavit.
The daddy ran over to his son, who was mendacity exterior their house, hit 10 instances within the chest, abdomen and again. Paramedics pronounced him lifeless 20 minutes later. George Hernandez was mendacity on the street about 50 toes away, grievously wounded. The 33-year-old died at a hospital three days later, coroner’s information present.
The police discovered Jesus Hernandez that night time hiding behind garden furnishings and trash cans within the yard of a neighboring house, based on the affidavit. As they handcuffed him, the officers observed Yanez hiding in the identical yard, his gray sweatshirt and palms “coated in blood,” the affidavit stated.
Jesus Hernandez’s legal professional declined to remark. It couldn’t be decided Tuesday if Yanez had a lawyer who may converse on his behalf.
4 days after the taking pictures, brokers discovered that Arteaga had booked a flight to Guadalajara, Mexico, based on the affidavit. It was departing from LAX in two hours. After they apprehended Arteaga on the airport, he “gave the impression to be sporting the identical hat worn within the video of the taking pictures incident,” the affidavit stated.
Arteaga waived his Miranda rights and, based on the affidavit, informed Gardena detectives that on the night time of the taking pictures, a automobile had pushed by enjoying “loud music,” with one in all its occupants asking Arteaga and his buddies, “What the f— you taking a look at?” In actual fact, Aguirre wrote within the affidavit, surveillance video reveals that the home windows of Campbell’s automobile have been rolled up when he drove previous a bunch of Gardena-13 gang members.
Arteaga stated George Hernandez — “the massive homie” — had requested backup, and when the confrontation turned bodily, he fired his gun in a state of shock, based on the affidavit. It couldn’t be decided Tuesday if Arteaga had a lawyer who may converse for him.
Arteaga and Yanez had been arrested on suspicion of homicide — however not charged — in a separate incident in August, Aguirre wrote within the affidavit. The main points of that case weren’t instantly clear.