10 charged in group attack on pedestrian in Costa Mesa
A group of 10 men and teenagers has been charged with attacking and robbing a pedestrian in a Costa Mesa neighborhood. The group is accused of kicking and punching the man and stealing his wallet on Sept. 4 in the 600 block of Plumer Street.
Juan Gonzalez, 18; Ricardo Perez, 19; Jesse Sanabria, 19; and Irvin Perez, 18, have been charged with assault with a deadly weapon and enhancements for allegedly being part of a local street gang. Police conducted a sweep Wednesday and arrested six people, including the four teens. Also charged in the attack were Jose Quijano, 20; George Quintero, 20; Raul Munoz, 19; Adan Valdez, 19; and Mohammed Hammoodi, 19. A 10th man, Erick Munoz-Juarez, 21, was arrested in connection with the attack but had not been charged. He was released from jail after posting bail, records showed.
Minutes after midnight on Sept. 4, two men were walking home on Plumer Street, near Lions Park, when two of the suspects approached them, asked for their money and mentioned being in a gang, police said.
Soon, more suspected gang members approached the victims from another house. The victims tried to run.
"This kind of group mentality is more consistent with gang activity," said Lt. Mark Manley. "Intimidation through numbers is consistent with what we've seen with gang violence."
One of the pedestrians got away; the other didn't.
The group is accused of jumping the man, kicking and punching him on the ground, fracturing and cutting his face.
One of the men allegedly stole his wallet before they all ran away.
A witness called 911 and reported seeing some flee to a nearby house, which is where police went.
Officers found 20 to 25 local gang members or associates partying there. One man tried to run and was arrested.
Read more at the Daily Pilot: Teenagers face charges.
-- Joseph Serna, Times Community News