GANG MEMBER CONVICTED OF SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES SHOOTING-MURDER OF MAN DURING ATTEMPTED ROBBERY

Orange County District Attorney
Press Release


Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701

For Immediate Release
Case # 08CF2288

 




June 15, 2011

Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
Office: 714-347-8408
Cell: 714-292-2718

Farrah Emami
Spokesperson
Office: 714-347-8405
Cell: 714-323-4486

GANG MEMBER CONVICTED OF SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES SHOOTING-MURDER OF MAN DURING ATTEMPTED ROBBERY

*An unidentified accomplice is outstanding in this case

 

FULLERTON – A criminal street gang member was convicted today of the shooting-murder of a man, whom the defendant had intended to rob. Albert Lubo Ruedas, 23, Garden Grove, was found guilty by a jury of one felony count of special circumstances murder in the commission of a robbery and for a criminal street gang purpose and one felony count of street terrorism. The sentencing enhancements for the personal discharge of a firearm and criminal street gang activity were found true. Ruedas faces a maximum sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole plus an additional 25 years to life in state prison at his sentencing Aug. 26, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. in Department N-13, North Justice Center, Fullerton.

 

The defendant is a member of an Anaheim Hispanic criminal street gang. At approximately 12:30 a.m. on July 29, 2008, 46-year-old Daniel Jimenez Lopez was walking home alone on Sullivan Street in Santa Ana.  The victim is not a gang member. Armed with a firearm, Ruedas and an unknown accomplice ran up to the victim with the intention of robbing him.

 

One of the defendants grabbed the victim and put him in a choke-hold as Lopez struggled to get away. Ruedas then pulled out his firearm and shot the victim four times, hitting him in the stomach and buttocks. The defendants then fled the scene without the victim’s property, leaving the victim to die.

 

Lopez collapsed and called 911. He died an hour later in the hospital. A passing motorist, who had observed the defendants put the victim in a headlock, made a u-turn to help Lopez only to find the victim had been shot. The witness provided a description of the defendants’ vehicle to police. The Santa Ana Police Department responded to the scene and began investigating this case.

 

On Aug. 3, 2008, Ruedas was stopped by the Fullerton Police Department in a routine traffic stop while driving in Fullerton. The defendant was driving the gold Chevrolet Suburban seen by the witness leaving the scene of the murder several days earlier. Ruedas was in possession of the firearm used in the murder in the center console of the vehicle.

 

Ruedas’ accomplice remains unidentified. Anyone with additional information regarding the identity of the unknown accomplice is encouraged to contact the District Attorney Supervising Gang Unit Investigator at (714) 347-8844.

 

Senior Deputy District Attorney Chris Duff of the Gang Unit is prosecuting this case.

 

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