HISPANIC GANG MEMBERS CHARGED WITH HATE CRIME AND ATTEMPTED ROBBERY OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN VICTIM

For Immediate Release
Case # 08NF3679

 

 

 

November 13, 2008

Susan Kang Schroeder
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HISPANIC GANG MEMBERS CHARGED WITH HATE CRIME AND ATTEMPTED ROBBERY OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN VICTIM

 

FULLERTON – Two Hispanic street gang members were arraigned this afternoon for a hate crime and other charges including attempted robbery of an African-American man. Nathan Robert Mancillas, 23, and Juan Jose Carbajal Jr., 22, both of Fullerton, were charged with one felony count of attempted robbery, one felony count of street terrorism, one felony count of a hate crimes related battery, and a sentencing enhancement for committing a crime for the benefit of a criminal street gang. Carbajal was also charged with one felony count of threatening a police officer. Mancillas has a prior 2003 strike for committing a robbery in Los Angeles County. If convicted on all counts, Mancillas faces a maximum of 21 years in state prison, and Carbajal faces a maximum of ten years and four months in state prison. Both defendants are being held on $200,000 bail and are scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008, at 9:00 a.m., in Department N-3, North Justice Center, Fullerton.

 

At 6:15 p.m., on Nov. 11, 2008, a 46-year-old African-American man was entering Arbor Market and Liquor to buy cigarettes at 1811 W. Commonwealth Avenue in Fullerton. The defendants are accused of demanding the victim to hand over his watch and ring.  The victim refused and proceeded to enter the store.  The defendants are accused of following the victim into the store.  Mancillas is accused of punching the victim once in the mouth while shouting they “didn’t like n******,” and “f*** Obama and f*** n******.”  Carbajal is accused of continuing to attack the victim with hands and fists, while both defendants continued to yell racial slurs. The victim did not fight back, resulting in bruising and swelling to the victim’s upper body.  Mancillas is accused of lifting the pant leg of his checkered shorts and displaying a tattoo to the victim, and shouting gang slogans.

 

The two suspects were apprehended nearby.  During the detention, Carbajal is accused of threatening the police officers by stating his gang status and penchant for murdering police officers, and his intent to carry out that threat. 

 

Deputy District Attorney Scott Steiner of the Gang Unit is prosecuting this case.

 

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