Two 19-year-old Santa Rosa men have been sentenced to prison for their roles in the 2014 robbery of a drug store. Prosecutors indicate that one man was a member of the Crips gang, while the other man was a member of the Norteños gang. According to prosecutors, the two gangs are normally rivals, but the men allegedly cooperated with each other to commit the store robbery together.
An operation called Operation Snake Eyes began on March 12, 2013, and lasted six months in California. It targeted Salinas Valley street gangs and resulted in a major concentrated effort to take apart the leadership organization of the gangs.
Sources indicate that three California men were taken into custody and two more were at large following two robberies that occurred on Dec. 19 in Fresno. The first robbery happened shortly before 6 p.m. and allegedly involved a gun. The second occurred shortly after 7 p.m. Both robberies were reported to police, and the description of the individuals involved was similar in both incidents.
A 27-year-old California man has been to taken into custody under suspicion of being a bank robber known as the Cal Bear Bandit. Authorities say the man robbed a branch of the Union Bank in Westminster on the afternoon of Dec. 5.
Police in California surrounded a home on Nov. 17 before detaining two men who were reportedly hiding inside. Police claim that the two 24-year-old men had just committed violent crimes near a convenience store in South San Jose. The men were booked at Santa Clara County jail for charges of making criminal threats and brandishing a weapon.
Three men alleged to be part of an organized bank robbery crew known as Point Break were apprehended on Oct. 21. The men are suspected of carrying out a series of bank heists in the South Bay area over the past year.
A 20-year-old man was taken into custody and a second person is being sought in connection with a home invasion robbery that occurred in Merced on Aug. 23. Allegedly, one man carried a hatchet and the other a firearm.
Four people were indicted on charges that they were involved in gang activity. Prosecutors say that the four people are members of a gang that is based in the neighborhood of Seminary, and it is alleged that they have been involved in violent crimes including attempted murder and assault with a dangerous weapon. They all face life sentences if found guilty of the charges.
Two Alameda County gang members were convicted of two murders and multiple counts of attempted murder on Nov. 20 for a 2011 mass shooting at an Oakland bar. The pair was found guilty on all 16 felony charges against them, which included enhancements for aggravating circumstances of gang crimes and mass murder. The men, ages 24 and 25, reportedly showed no emotion as the jury verdict was read. They received life in prison without the possibility of parole after their sentencing in February.
A 27-year-old California man smiled and laughed during his sentencing following his trial for murder, disheartening the prosecutor and family of the 20-year-old woman who had been shot dead. When given the opportunity to say something to the court as well as family members of the deceased, he thanked his own family for supporting him. After that, he was led away to serve 122 years in prison.