Case # 18CF1534

May 29, 2018

Contact:

Cpl. Anthony Bertagna

Public Information Officer

Santa Ana Police Department

Susan Kang Schroeder

Chief of Staff

Orange County District Attorney

Michelle Van Der Linden

Spokesperson

Orange County District Attorney

Office:

714-245-8029

714-347-8408

714-347-8405

Cell:

714-709-2043

714-292-2718

714-323-4486

GANG MEMBER CHARGED WITH VANDALIZING SANTA ANA MURAL DEPICTING PORTRAITS OF MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR VETERANS WHO SERVED IN U.S. MILITARY

*Defendant also charged with tagging another Santa Ana business

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A gang member was charged today with vandalizing a Santa Ana mural depicting Mexican-American war veterans who served in the U.S. Military. The defendant was also charged with tagging another business in Santa Ana.

Defendant

Charges

Maximum Sentence

Court Date

Eric Alan Cabrera, 20, Garden Grove

 

AKA

Eric Alan Cabrera Mora

Charged today with the following felony counts:

  • (2) Vandalism

Sentencing Enhancement

  • Criminal street gang activity

Seven years and eight months in state prison

Pre-trial hearing

June 6, 2018, 8:30 a.m.

Department C-55, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana

Circumstances of the Case

  • Between March 11, 2018, and March 12, 2018, Cabrera is accused of vandalizing a mural on the side of a small business on Washington Avenue in Santa Ana by spray painting graffiti on the wall.
  • The mural, “Among Heroes,” was painted over the course of five years and depicts nearly 200 portraits of Mexican-American men and women who served in the U.S. Military in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.
  • At approximately 2:30 a.m. on March 12, 2018, Cabrera is accused of vandalizing a clothing store on 1st Street in Santa Ana by tagging graffiti on its exterior wall.
  • The incident was captured on surveillance cameras and reported to the Santa Ana Police Department, who investigated this case.
  • The defendant is accused of committing the crimes on behalf of a criminal street gang.
  • On March 15, 2018, Cabrera was arrested in Anaheim on unrelated charges.

Prosecutor: Deputy District Attorney Amy Swanson, Gang/TARGET Unit




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