June 12, 1987 |
Police Officer Manny Rodriguez was warned by Palm Springs High School authorities that Elika Staggs was trouble. "They said, 'He's bad; he'll hurt you if he can and he's been booked for attempted murder,' " recalled Detective Rodriguez, 34, who was then a campus officer. "He hated himself and the world." The cop and the kid met a few weeks later in late September, 1985, when Staggs was threatening a group of students and a bus driver with a knife.
May 5, 1988
Riverside police vow that a new anti-gang squad will follow drug-dealing street thugs anywhere, until they are driven from gang-ridden neighborhoods and the entire city. The team, activated this week, is a response to growing gang activity and gang-linked crime. "If they give us any excuse to stop them, we'll stop them," Chief Linford L. (Sonny) Richardson said of the gangs, who have set up shop on the city's east side.
September 4, 1996 |
A 5-year-old girl was shot Tuesday after she was caught in the cross-fire between rival gangs, one of which allegedly included her father, authorities said. Priscilla Williams, who was struck in the thigh, was taken to a local hospital, where she is expected to recover from her injuries, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. Her father, 23-year-old Greg Williams, was struck numerous times in the upper body and was in serious condition Tuesday evening.
July 3, 1988
At least four people were wounded in gang-related shootings at a Fourth of July weekend fair at the Riverside County Raceway, authorities said. Three women and a man were taken to Riverside hospitals, but were not believed to be critically wounded, Sgt. Doug Borden said. It was not immediately known whether any of the victims were gang members. The shootings erupted during a fistfight between gang members at the fair grounds about 60 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, Borden said.
June 2, 1988
Several incidents of gang-related violence at UC Riverside student dances have caused university officials to call off such functions until the end of the school year while they seek some way to "handle the problem," campus Police Chief William Howe said Wednesday. Cancellation of the remaining "two or three" dances scheduled before the school year ends June 19 came after a brawl erupted during a sorority party on campus last Saturday, Howe said.
July 4, 1991 |
An armed Riverside teen-ager killed in a tussle with police was struck by 10 police bullets, including two in the back, according to the Riverside County coroner's office. Neither back wound was fatal, according to a preliminary autopsy report released Tuesday. Riverside police said their preliminary investigation showed Johnny Lozano Jr., 16, was shot Saturday night after pointing a gun at one of two officers who stopped him while on patrol in the Casa Blanca neighborhood.