Latino gang in Azusa harassed, attacked, intimidated blacks for nearly two decades, indictment says
Court documents unsealed Tuesday provide graphic examples of what U.S. prosecutors say is a 20-year campaign by a Latino street gang to attack and intimidate blacks in the city of Azusa.
The documents were released after a federal grand jury indicted 51 people allegedly associated with the Azusa 13 street gang.
The campaign began with a meeting at Pioneer Park on May 7, 1992, during which the group discussed their plans to attack and intimidate blacks.
A week later, members of the gang patrolled an alley by the home of a black family they had discussed at the park meeting and tagged the gang’s moniker and racially tinged threats such as “Get out ...” on garage doors.
In October 1992, several members of the gang surrounded a black man, threatening him with a knife and sharpened pencil. They chanted “stick him,” and chased him. As he tried to hide inside his home, gang members surrounded the residence and shouted racial epithets.
On July 21, 1994, members of the gang surrounded another black man, holding sticks and glass bottles, hitting him in the face, threatening him and yelling racial epithets. The gang members also broke the window of the man’s car and stole his stereo, according to the indictment.
Similar incidents occurred at least other three times in 1998 and 1999 against several other black residents of Azusa.
In January 2000, a member of the gang further voiced the gang’s stance, telling a black man in gang territory: “We hate ... in Azusa. This is Azusa," using a racial epithet.
Over the next several years, other black residents were the victims of assaults and thefts and were taunted with racial slurs. In each case, the gang members voiced their hatred of blacks.
-- Kimi Yoshino
Photo: An alleged member of a San Gabriel Valley gang is in custody in Irwindale on Tuesday morning. Credit: Gary Friedman/Los Angeles Times