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Tagger crew accused in at least 22 armed robberies of taco trucks

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A tagger crew has robbed at least 22 taco truck vendors at gunpoint over the last two months along busy commercial streets in the Eastside.

The robberies have rattled the taco truck community, and officials said some vendors have been reluctant to report them for fear of retaliation from the perpetrators and possible immigration problems from authorities. As a result, detectives believe there may be more unreported robberies.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department today sought the public’s help in tracking down a 21-year-old man it says is connected to the robberies.

Sgt. Ruben Nava said Nery Perez of East Los Angeles was tied to at least 22 robberies of taco truck vendors along Whittier Boulevard, Olympic Boulevard and Cesar Chavez Ave.

 “He’s got green eyes and a tattoo of a bat on the right of his neck,” Nava said. “He has a very distinctive look.”

Perez is 5 feet 8 and weighs 160 pounds. His last known address was in Downey, authorities said. Nava said investigators were working with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollenbeck Division, where seven other robberies similar to those in East Los Angeles were committed. Perez, a member of a tagging crew “Fearless Kings” that has now, as a result of the robberies, been upgraded to gang status.

Investigators believe Perez and four other members of the tagging crew were committing at least two to three robberies a day. Nava estimated total losses at $7,000.

The vendors who were robbed belonged to the Assn. of Lunch Trucks of Los Angeles, said the group's spokesman, Alfredo Magallanes. Investigators said they have arrested four of the suspects: Samuel Razo, 20: Miguel Torres and Julio Osuna, both 21; and Jesse Moreno, 18.

-- Ruben Vives

Photo: A taco truck sits on Olympic Blvd. in East Los Angeles.  Credit: Alex Gallardo/Los Angeles Times

 
Comments () | Archives (15)

Quit being scared this is not MEXICO, you will not be killed for snitching or deported.

There's a taco truck community? That's the dumbest thing i've ever read.

Hopefully some day we'll just start shooting these scumbags rather than wasting our time.

Good, I despise Taco Trucks. PERMANANTALY parked taco trucks make our city look disgusting.

According to the Mexican Mafia, taggers crews are supposed to be non existent. I feel sorry for the taggers that were apprehended, they are going to get it in jail for belonging to a tagging crew.

Never catch me! ha ha!

Flashing money around these lunch wagons will bring these types of buzzards around. It's getting dangerous just to get a quick bite these days.

What about the children?

just incredibly selfish and corrupt. targeting hard working food service employees when they are vulnerable in so many ways is just despicable!

These shameless punks should be shot. How dare they rob hard working people.
Why don't they get up and work like the rest of us. Make them pay that money back and also community service in washing these peoples trucks for 10 years!
Time to take back OUR community....

Taggers. Liberals like Boxer and Pelosi prevent us from putting these scumbags in prisons for, oh, 30 years. The community is at fault too, but no one opposes them out of fear.

The Federal Courts are ordering the release of 23,000 prisoners due to over-crowding! Two weeks ago, a young girl was car-jacked and murdered. Now these "taggers" have resorted to armed robbery. If we can't afford more prisons, then maybe those convicted of non-violent crimes should be released so that these street thugs can be given the maximum prison sentence.

And yet the LA City Council puts up with taggers and gangs!!!!!

And yet the ACLU tries to defend tagger right to free expression, but the will not let the Christian cross be allowed in a public place. News scope taggers tag in public places!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

yet people continue to argue about the benefits of taco trucks and illegal food vendors!!! they bring crime, trash and blight to neighborhoods!!!!

People stop blaming innocent people nery perez has nothing to do with the robberies in east los angeles or else where in the time he was living in downey, CA he never had communication or contact with the three persons that are in custody or others he was never involve and has proof of that he was hospitalized at usc general hospital in los angeles in the date the crime was committed and he will submitted as soon as possible and persons that are in custody say the truth you know who were involve and they know it was not nery perez he is not the one not because he knows then means he did it.... so the ppl that that are accusing him stop trying to wash your hands you know the person who really did it is still out there

and who ever posted that comment saying it was nery is going to get in problems you know who u are he just said he didntpost it so stop it....

and yes no one is going to catch him cause he is turning him self in to fix this problem.........


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