|For Immediate Release
August 5, 2011
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
ADDITIONAL CHARGES FILED AGAINST MAN FOR PUNCHING AND KILLING 24-YEAR-OLD BAR PATRON
*Victim was on life support for approximately two weeks before he died from his injury
SANTA ANA – A man will be arraigned today on an amended complaint for punching and killing a 24-year-old bar patron. Oscar Raul Medina-Perez, 24, Huntington Beach, is charged with one felony count of involuntary manslaughter and one felony count of battery with serious injury. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of eight years in state prison. The defendant is being held on $250,000 bail in this case and is subject to a no-bail Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold. Medina-Perez is scheduled to be arraigned today, Aug. 5, 2011, in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.
On the night of July 5, 2011, Medina-Perez is accused of being at La Barca Night Club in Stanton. The victim, 24-year-old Leovardo Vera Bustos, was at the bar with his cousin. Medina-Perez is accused of engaging the victim in a verbal argument while standing in front of the night club, with a security guard standing between them. The defendant is accused of escalating the verbal argument and punching the victim once in the face. The victim immediately fell to the ground and lost consciousness.
Bustos was taken home and never regained consciousness. On the morning of July 6, 2011, the victim was found in bed unresponsive with blood coming from his nose. He was transported to University of California, Irvine Medical Center in Orange and placed on life support. Bustos died approximately two weeks later after being taken off life support.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Ebrahim Baytieh of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.