Ivan Alquicira, Avenues Gangster, Bringing Hate Crime Back to Northeast L.A?
Are the notorious brown-on-black hate crimes of the Avenues Gang back?
In the mid-'00s the Northeast Los Angeles set was known for targeting African Americans for harassment, assaults and, worse, even murder.
Now cops say a gangster in the Avenues' turf threatened an African American family of three as it walked down the street in Glassell Park this week:
Ivan Alquicira, 19, is accused of shouting racial epithets from an apartment balcony before training his long gun at three black folks walking down the street.
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This week the District Attorney's office charged him with assault with a deadly weapon, with an enhancement of a hate crime, police told the Weekly.
Det. Rick Ortiz tells us:
He made some derogatory statements to three African Americans, a boyfriend-girlfriend and a child. They were like, 'What!?,' and he pulled a shotgun out.
This all happened Monday starting at 5:30 p.m. in the 3100 block of Estara Avenue, he said.
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Alquicira didn't shoot, but his alleged actions brought the cavalry to Glassell Park.
And when cops arrived, Ortiz says, Alquicira did not open the door to his home: A near two-hour standoff ensued.
After SWAT team members arrived and set up, he surrendered, the detective said. Records indicate that Alquicira was arrested at 7:20 p.m. that night.
By the way, Ortiz didn't want to name the suspect's gang, for fear of glorifying it. But the turf and the alleged hatred tell the story.
In 2006 a handful of Avenues members were convicted on federal hate crime charges after a string of attacks on African Americans and a clear attempt to push them out of their neighborhood.
According to sheriff's inmate information data, Alquicira's bail was set at more than half a million dollars.
[First spotted at The Eastsider LA].
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