Reputed Mexican Mafia member slain in Lengthy Seashore homeless encampment


Samuel Villalba, a longtime member of the Mexican Mafia who had fallen out favor with the jail gang, was shot to loss of life over the weekend in Lengthy Seashore, in accordance with the police and legislation enforcement sources.

Officers responded about eight p.m. Sunday to a homeless encampment close to the 91 Freeway, the place they discovered Villalba, 64, shot a number of occasions within the chest, the Lengthy Seashore Police Division stated in a press release. A minimum of two males had been noticed working from the scene.

The police stated the motive for the assault remained undetermined, however detectives had been investigating it as gang-related.

Villalba, initially from the Artesia road gang, was labeled as a Mexican Mafia member by state jail authorities in 1984, in accordance with legislation enforcement data.

The Mexican Mafia is a corporation of about 140 males, all however a handful of whom are incarcerated, that controls most Latino road gangs in Southern California. Mexican Mafia members levy “taxes,” or cuts of the proceeds of drug gross sales and different legal rackets, from territories beneath their management; in trade, they shield Latino gang members within the jail and jail methods.

Villalba was amongst 22 Mexican Mafia members and associates charged in a landmark racketeering case in 1994. An indictment implicated Villalba within the homicide of Charles “Charlie Brown” Manriquez, a reputed Mexican Mafia member who briefly suggested the director of the 1992 movie “American Me.” Senior members of the Mexican Mafia had been rumored to have been angered by the movie, which depicted the group’s rise — significantly by a scene that depicted a founding member being sodomized in juvenile corridor.

Manriquez was shot to loss of life on March 25, 1992 on the Ramona Gardens housing mission in Boyle Heights. Ana Lizarraga, a paid guide on the movie, was gunned down by masked males two months after Manriquez’s slaying.

After being indicted, Villalba remained a fugitive for 5 months earlier than he was arrested at a motel in Buena Park in 1995. He pleaded responsible to conspiring to commit racketeering and was sentenced to 14 years and eight months in jail, court docket data present.

Behind bars, Villalba bought right into a dispute with a senior Mexican Mafia member, and that successfully forged him out of the group’s graces, in accordance with legislation enforcement officers who weren’t approved to debate the matter publicly and requested anonymity.

Villalba assaulted James “Rube” Soto, a revered and growing older member of the Mexican Mafia who’s now in his late 80s, an official stated. In doing so, he violated a cardinal rule of the group that forbids members from elevating palms towards each other. Inmates related to the Mexican Mafia beat Villalba in retribution, and he left jail with a perennial goal on his head, the officers stated.

Villalba was despatched again to jail in 2014 and 2016 for violating the phrases of his supervised launch, in accordance with court docket data. He was final launched from the federal jail system in January 2017, the data present. Lengthy Seashore police stated Villalba had been residing on the encampment the place he was discovered lifeless.

Ramon “Mundo” Mendoza, a former member of the Mexican Mafia, stated Villalba made a deadly mistake in returning to a neighborhood throughout the group’s attain. “In the end, somebody’s going to report again: ‘Hey, guess who I noticed?’” Mendoza stated in an interview. “The man is an open goal. It’s what you’d name an open contract, a lifetime contract.”

For a Mexican Mafia member, ordering a dropout’s loss of life is “like shopping for a soda pop,” he stated. “It’s nothing to inform a Sureño” — the time period for Latino road gang members loyal to the Mexican Mafia — “you’ve bought the inexperienced gentle, the go-ahead. Take him out.”

Nonetheless, Mendoza stated it was “extraordinarily uncommon” for a dropout, as former members of the Mexican Mafia are known as, to be killed. He might consider just one different: Anthony “Dido” Moreno in 1995. In a small El Monte house, gunmen shot to loss of life not simply Moreno, who had dropped out of the Mexican Mafia in 1983; additionally they killed, execution-style, his pal, Gus Aguirre; his sister, Maria Moreno; and Maria Moreno’s 5-year-old daughter and 6-month-old son.