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2 Held in Slaying of O.C. Good Samaritan

July 06, 2006|David Haldane | Times Staff Writer

Two reputed members of a Hawaiian Gardens street gang are set to be arraigned today on charges of murder and street terrorism in the June 26 shooting death of an Anaheim man who had come to the aid of a 14-year-old boy.

Juan Carlos Castillo, 23, was arrested at an Anaheim apartment Sunday night, and Sergio Martinez, 29, turned himself in to Bell Gardens police the next afternoon, said Anaheim Police Sgt. Tim Schmidt.

Investigators believe Martinez was the shooter. "He knew he was wanted," Schmidt said, "so he walked into the Police Department and turned himself in."

Castillo, alleged to have given Martinez a handgun shortly before the shooting, was arrested not far from where it occurred after a resident saw him and called police, Schmidt said.

The two were wanted in connection with the death of Jorge Flores, 27. He was shot in the chest after stepping in to protect the teenager, who was being confronted by an apparent gang member in Anaheim's Ariel Olinda neighborhood. Another man, who police said tried to grab the gun from shooter, was shot in the hand.

Martinez and Castillo were being held at Orange County Jail with bail set at $1 million each, Schmidt said. The two were scheduled to be arraigned at North Orange County Justice Center in Fullerton, he said.

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