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April 8, 1989
A Santa Ana man died Friday after he was attacked and stabbed repeatedly by a group of men outside of his home, authorities said. Jose Jaime Serrano, 26, was attacked about 3 a.m. in the 4500 block of West 3rd Street by at least six men, Santa Ana police spokeswoman Maureen Thomas said. An 18-year-old Santa Ana youth, who was with Serrano, also was beaten but not stabbed, Thomas said. Serrano died 5 hours after the attack at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center.
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June 23, 1989 | JEAN DAVIDSON, Times Staff Writer
Wednesday night drive-by shootings in western Santa Ana left four people wounded and prompted new worries Thursday by city officials and residents in the neighborhood about increased street violence this summer. Drive-by shootings in Santa Ana are already more frequent this year than in 1988, police said, and gang activity typically increases in the summer. In response, city officials said, stepped-up enforcement is under way. "This is unacceptable in our community," said Councilman Ron May, a member of the council's Public Safety Committee.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 1989
A Santa Ana man was in critical condition and his brother in serious but stable condition after the motorcycle they were riding collided with a 1973 Plymouth early Monday, police said. William Glen Gavin, 29, and Christopher Gavin, 25, were northbound on Grand Avenue at 2:40 a.m. when a car traveling without headlights on 15th Street, perpendicular to Grand, crossed in front of them, Santa Ana police spokeswoman Maureen Thomas said. The motorcycle broadsided the car on the driver's side.
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June 22, 1989 | From Times staff and wire service reports
Police were searching for a drive-by gunman who wounded four people, three of them juveniles, in an attack Wednesday night in Santa Ana. The victims, Carlos F. Gutierrez, 21, and three boys, ages 13, 14 and 15, were taken to area hospitals. Some of the victims were wounded several times, but all are expected to survive. The shootings occurred just minutes apart, when a passenger in a blue car wounded two boys who were riding on a single bicycle in the 2300 block of West Monta Vista Avenue, according to Santa Ana police spokeswoman Maureen Thomas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1989
An 18-year-old Santa Ana man has been arrested in the death of a grocery store clerk who was shot and killed when he stepped out of a storeroom while a robbery was under way, police said. Santa Ana police said Anthony Onnett was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon and charged with robbery and one count of murder in the May 15 slaying of Jose Banda, 22, also of Santa Ana. Banda, a stock clerk at the Lucky Center Market on West 5th Street, was shot once in the head and killed instantly when he inadvertently walked into a robbery in progress, said police spokeswoman Maureen Thomas.
NEWS
June 22, 1989 | From Times staff and wire service reports
Police were searching for a drive-by gunman who wounded four people, three of them juveniles, in an attack Wednesday night in Santa Ana. The victims, Carlos F. Gutierrez, 21, and three boys, ages 13, 14 and 15, were taken to area hospitals. Some of the victims were wounded several times, but all are expected to survive. The shootings occurred just minutes apart, when a passenger in a blue car wounded two boys who were riding on a single bicycle in the 2300 block of West Monta Vista Avenue, according to Santa Ana police spokeswoman Maureen Thomas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 1989
Police shot and wounded a Santa Ana man after he allegedly pulled a gun on two officers who were arresting him, authorities said Friday. Santa Ana police spokeswoman Maureen Thomas said the officers spotted Vincent L. Camacho, 25, putting stereo equipment into the back of a van about 9:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Best Inn on North Harbor Boulevard. The officers saw additional electronic equipment--which they suspected had been stolen--in the van and a clear plastic baggie with a "white powdery substance," Thomas said.
NEWS
May 22, 1989 | From Times staff and wire service reports
A young man who "quit breathing" after a struggle with Santa Ana police officers who were trying to detain him following an apparently drug-induced rampage died today at a Fountain Valley hospital, police said. The man, whose identity was not immediately known, was pronounced dead at 4:47 a.m. at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center where he was taken after struggling with several Santa Ana officers shortly after 7 a.m. Sunday, said Santa Ana police spokeswoman Maureen Thomas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1989
Police are asking for the public's help in finding two suspects wanted in two unrelated shooting deaths earlier this year. Santa Ana police spokeswoman Maureen Thomas said officers are seek Chau Truong Nguyen, 20, of Santa Ana, in the March 17 slaying of Duy Duc Vu, 14, of Westminster; and Tomas Roman Pacheco in the April 12 slaying of Aaron Olivos, 32. Police arrested two teen-agers Wednesday in Vu's killing: Huy Hoang Ngo, 18, of Garden...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1989 | JIM CARLTON, Times Staff Writer
Santa Ana police officials on Monday were awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine why a man died after being taken into custody by officers after he allegedly went on a Sunday morning rampage, vandalizing several homes. The man, Joaquin Ruelas-Alzaga, 19, of Garden Grove, was pronounced dead at 4:47 a.m. Monday at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center, where he was taken Sunday after being unable to breathe following a "lengthy struggle" with several officers, Santa Ana police spokeswoman Maureen Thomas said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 1989 | JEAN DAVIDSON, Times Staff Writer
A 21-year-old man on parole in connection with a previous rape case was arrested by Santa Ana police Tuesday when he was seen walking near the scene of an attempted rape. The suspect, Norman Carver Morrow of Santa Ana, was held on suspicion of attempted rape in connection with the 6 a.m. attack, in which an assailant followed a woman from her parked car and dragged her behind a building at 2100 N. Main St., according to Santa Ana police. Morrow is also a suspect in two rapes that occurred between 6 and 6:30 a.m. on June 8 and June 14 in the area of the Santa Ana Civic Center, Santa Ana police spokeswoman Maureen Thomas said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1989
An 18-year-old Santa Ana man has been arrested in the death of a grocery store clerk who was shot and killed when he stepped out of a storeroom while a robbery was under way, police said. Santa Ana police said Anthony Onnett was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon and charged with robbery and one count of murder in the May 15 slaying of Jose Banda, 22, also of Santa Ana. Banda, a stock clerk at the Lucky Center Market on West 5th Street, was shot once in the head and killed instantly when he inadvertently walked into a robbery in progress, said police spokeswoman Maureen Thomas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1989
Police are asking for the public's help in finding two suspects wanted in two unrelated shooting deaths earlier this year. Santa Ana police spokeswoman Maureen Thomas said officers are seek Chau Truong Nguyen, 20, of Santa Ana, in the March 17 slaying of Duy Duc Vu, 14, of Westminster; and Tomas Roman Pacheco in the April 12 slaying of Aaron Olivos, 32. Police arrested two teen-agers Wednesday in Vu's killing: Huy Hoang Ngo, 18, of Garden...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1989 | JIM CARLTON, Times Staff Writer
Santa Ana police officials on Monday were awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine why a man died after being taken into custody by officers after he allegedly went on a Sunday morning rampage, vandalizing several homes. The man, Joaquin Ruelas-Alzaga, 19, of Garden Grove, was pronounced dead at 4:47 a.m. Monday at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center, where he was taken Sunday after being unable to breathe following a "lengthy struggle" with several officers, Santa Ana police spokeswoman Maureen Thomas said.
NEWS
May 22, 1989 | From Times staff and wire service reports
A young man who "quit breathing" after a struggle with Santa Ana police officers who were trying to detain him following an apparently drug-induced rampage died today at a Fountain Valley hospital, police said. The man, whose identity was not immediately known, was pronounced dead at 4:47 a.m. at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center where he was taken after struggling with several Santa Ana officers shortly after 7 a.m. Sunday, said Santa Ana police spokeswoman Maureen Thomas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 1989 | JIM CARLTON, Times Staff Writer
James E. Busher, a 48-year-old engineer who was found shot to death outside his Santa Ana apartment 3 weeks ago, was a convicted racketeer who had just served 4 years in federal prison for embezzling more than $300,000 from the military, federal authorities said this week. Upon his release from the federal penitentiary at Boron in San Bernardino County about 6 months ago, Busher had moved to Santa Ana, apparently to begin life anew, said his attorney, George J. Mendelson of Rockville, Md. He began working as an engineer for the Gorham Co., a general contracting firm in Corona, and, according to neighbors, kept to himself.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 1989 | JEAN DAVIDSON, Times Staff Writer
A 21-year-old man on parole in connection with a previous rape case was arrested by Santa Ana police Tuesday when he was seen walking near the scene of an attempted rape. The suspect, Norman Carver Morrow of Santa Ana, was held on suspicion of attempted rape in connection with the 6 a.m. attack, in which an assailant followed a woman from her parked car and dragged her behind a building at 2100 N. Main St., according to Santa Ana police. Morrow is also a suspect in two rapes that occurred between 6 and 6:30 a.m. on June 8 and June 14 in the area of the Santa Ana Civic Center, Santa Ana police spokeswoman Maureen Thomas said.
NEWS
June 23, 1989 | JEAN DAVIDSON, Times Staff Writer
Wednesday night drive-by shootings in western Santa Ana left four people wounded and prompted new worries Thursday by city officials and residents in the neighborhood about increased street violence this summer. Drive-by shootings in Santa Ana are already more frequent this year than in 1988, police said, and gang activity typically increases in the summer. In response, city officials said, stepped-up enforcement is under way. "This is unacceptable in our community," said Councilman Ron May, a member of the council's Public Safety Committee.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 1989
A Santa Ana man was in critical condition and his brother in serious but stable condition after the motorcycle they were riding collided with a 1973 Plymouth early Monday, police said. William Glen Gavin, 29, and Christopher Gavin, 25, were northbound on Grand Avenue at 2:40 a.m. when a car traveling without headlights on 15th Street, perpendicular to Grand, crossed in front of them, Santa Ana police spokeswoman Maureen Thomas said. The motorcycle broadsided the car on the driver's side.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 1989
Police shot and wounded a Santa Ana man after he allegedly pulled a gun on two officers who were arresting him, authorities said Friday. Santa Ana police spokeswoman Maureen Thomas said the officers spotted Vincent L. Camacho, 25, putting stereo equipment into the back of a van about 9:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Best Inn on North Harbor Boulevard. The officers saw additional electronic equipment--which they suspected had been stolen--in the van and a clear plastic baggie with a "white powdery substance," Thomas said.
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