|For Immediate Release
May 13, 2008
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Public Affairs Counsel
COMPTON GANG MEMBERS AND GIRLFRIEND CHARGED WITH ROBBING WOMAN IN BUENA PARK BANK PARKING LOT AND LEADING POLICE ON TELEVISED HIGH SPEED CHASE
FULLERTON – Three Compton gang members and a girlfriend were charged today with robbing a woman in a bank parking lot and leading police on a high speed chase. Phillip Sanders, 33, Van Nuys, is charged with felonies for second degree robbery, evading while driving recklessly, street terrorism, and attempting to resist and obstruct an officer with firearm removal. Sanders has a prior 2003 prison conviction for the sale of cocaine. Javonti Hewing, 18, and Jaquon Hewing, 21, both of Long Beach, are charged with felonies for second degree robbery and street terrorism. Jaquon Hewing was also charged with two sentencing enhancement allegations for a 2005 possession of a loaded gun conviction and a 2007 felon in possession of a firearm conviction. Princess Ivey, 20, Compton, is charged with second degree robbery. All four defendants face a sentencing enhancement for criminal street gang activity. If convicted, Sanders and Jaquon Hewing both face a maximum sentence of 17 years and eight months in state prison. Javonti Hewing faces 15 years and eight months. Ivey faces 15 years. All defendants are being held on $100,000 bail and are expected to be arraigned today, May 13, 2008, at 1:30 p.m. in Department N-12, North Justice Center, Fullerton.
At approximately 12:00 p.m. on May 9, 2008, Sanders, Javonti Hewing and Jaquon Hewing are accused of robbing 48-year-old Jane Doe in a parking lot in Buena Park. The Korean-American victim had just made a cash withdrawal from a bank at the Galleria Super One Food Mart at 5301 Beach Boulevard. One of the defendants is accused of attacking the victim from the behind, knocking her down, and forcibly stealing her designer purse with the cash inside. The three defendants are accused of fleeing the scene in a 2006 silver Pontiac sedan. A witness in the parking lot took down the license plate number of the defendants’ car and gave it to Buena Park Police Department (BPPD) officers responding to the attack of Jane Doe.
Sanders, Javonti Hewing and Jaquon Hewing are accused of fleeing southbound on Beach Boulevard in their car and entering the westbound 91 Freeway. They are accused of throwing personal items from the victim’s purse from the car window, which were later recovered. An officer in an unmarked patrol car saw the defendants and followed the defendants’ car until marked police cars arrived and turned on their lights for the defendants to pull over. The defendants are accused of refusing to pull over and leading BPPD officers on a high speed chase. They are accused of driving at speeds up to 100 miles per hour and swerving, weaving, and almost rear ending slower vehicles as they attempted to escape. During the chase, Jaquon Hewing is accused of calling his girlfriend, Ivey, and asking for her help. Sanders, Javonti Hewing and Jaquon Hewing are accused of taking the Central Avenue exit in Compton.
As the defendants were exiting the freeway, BPPD officers used a Pursuit Intervention Technique to stop the fleeing defendants by using their patrol car to bump the rear of the Pontiac sedan, causing it to spin out of control and coming to a stop at the bottom of the off-ramp. All three defendants are accused of fleeing the car on foot.