Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
|For Immediate Release|
February 1, 2007
Susan Kang Schroeder
FOUR GANG MEMBERS FACE MURDER CHARGES
FOR KILLING TWO BOYS IN A SANTA ANA ALLEY
SANTA ANA – Four gang members are scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow for shooting and murdering two boys and critically injuring a third in an attack intended to benefit their Hispanic criminal street gang. Marco Perez, 14, Prospero Guadarrama, 16, Juan Roldan, 17, and Norberto Hernandez, 22, all of Santa Ana, are charged with two counts of murder with allegations for committing multiple murders and committing murder for a criminal street gang purpose, one count of attempted murder, one count of street terrorism, and enhancements for the vicarious discharge of a firearm by a gang member.
Perez, Guadarrama and Roldan are being prosecuted as adults. If convicted, Perez faces a maximum sentence of 50 years to life in prison, Guadarrama and Roldan face life without the possibility of parole, and Hernandez faces a possible capital case. They are being held without bail and are scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow, Friday, February 2, 2007 at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-5, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
On December 17, 2006, the defendants are accused of taking Perez’s father’s car and driving into a rival gang’s neighborhood with two guns looking for rival gang members. They are accused of seeing three boys, ages 15 to 16 years old, and stopping near them in an alleyway and getting out of the car. The defendants are accused of approaching the three victims and ordering them to turn around and put their hands behind their heads, shooting all three victims at point blank range, and then running back to the car and fleeing the area. Victims Angel Secundino and Gabriel Perez were killed, and John Doe was left in critical condition.
Deputy District Attorney Colleen Crommett of the Gangs Unit is prosecuting this case.