Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
HISPANIC GANG MEMBER CONVICTED OF MURDER IN RETALIATORY GANG SHOOTING OF ASIAN MAN
Co-defendant Sergio Gonzalez, 16,
On September 11, 2006, at around 6:00 p.m., Barboza, along with a few other members of his Hispanic Santa Ana criminal street gang, approached three Asian men sitting in a car in the 1500 block of South Minnie. He surrounded the car and demanded to know where the three men were from. Gonzalez is accused of pulling out a gun as Barboza stood by and shooting the front passenger, Sam Chea, 23, three times in the back as Chea tried to turn away. Chea later died.
Barboza and his accused co-defendant murdered the victim in retaliation for a gang stabbing that occurred three hours earlier. Chea was not involved in the earlier gang fight, in which Gonzalez’s 14-year-old younger brother was stabbed near
Senior Deputy District Attorney Mark Geller of the Gang Unit is prosecuting this case.