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Saturday
May042013

Alleged Gang Member Runs Party and Pony Rental Business

Photo Credit: Dilbert Coreas/Facebook(PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla.) -- Being a member of a violent gang and running a kids’ party and pony rental business would hardly seem to be compatible career paths.

A Florida man may be proof, however, that the two can be one and the same.

Dilbert Coreas, an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador, was arrested in Palm Beach County, Fla., on federal charges of reentering the country after deportation, according to a criminal complaint. He had previously been ordered deported from the country in 2012.

Detectives with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Gang Unit said they became interested in Coreas when they viewed photos uploaded on social media sites that suggested he was a member of the Mara Salvatrucha gang, a violent Central American gang also known as MS-13.

Coreas reportedly runs a kids’ party rental business called “It’z a Kid’z World Party Planning and Rental,” where pony rides can be had for $70 and bouncy houses for $85. Photos on Coreas’ Facebook page show him posing with two ponies his company has available to rent.

According to the complaint, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Gang Unit monitored Coreas as he conducted numerous pony ride and bouncy house events in Palm Beach County.

In June 2009, Coreas was convicted on a charge of felony possession of cocaine with intent to sell, as well as felony tampering and resisting arrest.

The U.S. State Department currently lists MS-13 as a Transnational Criminal Organization. It is heavily involved in drug and weapons trafficking, human smuggling, money-laundering and murder for hire.  MS-13 reportedly has a presence in the United States of upwards of 300 cities across 40 states.

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Thursday
Oct252012

Dallas to Recognize Heroic Efforts of Homeless Former Crips Leader

This still from a surveillance video shows Charles Alexander assisting in subduing a man who attacked a Dallas Police officer. (KTVT)(DALLAS) -- The Dallas City Council will invite a homeless former gang leader to be honored at one of its meetings as a hero for protecting the life of a police officer.

Charles Alexander, who was a Crips gang member at one point in his life, stepped in during a drug-addled attack on an officer near Alexander's homeless shelter in Dallas, according to city councilman Dwaine Caraway.

In surveillance video of the attack, Dallas cop Billy Taylor is seen backing away from a man who, according to the councilman, was high on PCP and violent. Alexander crosses the street and steps between Taylor and the attacker, later pulling the man off the police officer and throwing the attacker to the ground.

"(He was) basically doing something heroic, in my opinion, in breaking up something that could have really gone bad," Caraway said Thursday.

Alexander told local news station KTXA that the attacker was going "ballistic" and he felt he had to step in.

The Dallas police department did not return calls seeking comment.

Caraway said that Alexander would be invited to an upcoming council meeting for a special ceremony and certificate to honor his good deed.

"I view it as someone that was in a gang who has gone on to saving lives. Hopefully we can take that and show other gangbangers that there are some good things you can do versus some of the other things," Caraway said.

Alexander could not be reached through the Bridge, the homeless shelter where he stays.

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Friday
Apr222011

California Gang Member's Tattoo of Murder Scene Leads to Crime Conviction

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Departmen(LOS ANGELES) -- Authorities relied on a chest tattoo that depicted the murder scene to apprehend and convict a California gang member for a deadly shooting.

Anthony Garcia, 25, was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder for the 2004 shooting at a liquor store in Pico Rivera. He could face life in prison for the crime when he is sentenced next month.

Garcia had avoided arrest for four years until he was picked up by police for driving with a suspended license in 2008. Because Garcia appeared to be an active member of the Rivera-13 gang, police snapped pictures of his tattoos, along with his mugshot.

Det. Sgt. Kevin Lloyd was looking through pictures of gang members' tattoos for leads on another crime when one image looked eerily familiar. Lloyd had worked as a sergeant at the Pico Rivera Sheriff's Station when the murder happened Jan. 23, 2004, at Mr. Ed's Liquor store.

Lloyd followed his hunch, driving to the liquor store named on the tattoo and pulling the old case file.

Garcia's tattoo captured the night of the shooting, from the Christmas lights outside the liquor store to the bent light post in the store's parking lot to the convalescent home called the Rivera, next door to the liquor store. The scene shows a chopper spraying bullets on a victim. Garcia's gang nickname is "Chopper."

The victim, John Juarez, is depicted as a Mr. Peanut. The peanut is commonly used as a symbol of a rival gang in Pico Rivera, Lloyd said. The crime scene is under a tattoo on Garcia's neck that reads "Rivera Kills."

The tattoo was so accurate that Lloyd called it a "crime scene sketch and a confession." Garcia's tattoo artist even matched the trajectory of the bullets, Lloyd said.

Garcia was arrested in October of 2008 and charged with the murder. He reportedly confessed to officers posing as gang members in the jail.

Deputy District Attorney Brock Lunsford prosecuted the case and called Garcia's tattoo a "non-verbal confession."

Lunsford said Garcia spent years perfecting the tattoo. A 2005 booking photo of him from an unspecified charge shows just the chopper shooting bullets at Mr. Peanut. A 2006 booking photo of him from another unspecified charge adds the liquor store and his 2008 booking photo from the suspended license charge shows the complete scene.

Police said they have closely examined Garcia's other tattoos to see if they represent any other crimes, but so far they do not believe so. Some of his other tattoos show a man wearing a bandana around his mouth pointing a gun. Another shows a man holding somebody in a chokehold with one arm and pointing a dagger toward their head in the other.

Garcia's getaway driver, gang member Robert Armijo, pleaded guilty to the crime and testified against Garcia. He is facing a 20-year prison sentence, police said.

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