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Police launch crackdown in Ana

The comes in to a in violence targets gang in an near the Center. Authorities also encouraging to report activity.

By Barboza, Los Times Staff

August 21,

It was hours into anti-gang surge, an empty sat in driveway.

The in the just took running, said Ana Police Lorenzo Carrillo, over three teenagers, suspected members seated their hands their backs police checked parole status. hanging out one another be a Carrillo explained.

none of three was and the man was found, Carrillo, directs the Ana Police s gang unit, said checks like taking place week in Ana are to restoring to the s central

In response an escalation violence including shootings in 24-hour period month and increase in of gang with guns Ana police launched a operation targeting members and residents to crime in 2-square-mile area of the Center.

The began early with 62 in patrol and on who saturated neighborhood bounded 1st Street, Avenue, Bristol and the Ana River. walked crime-heavy to talk residents and them to if they trouble. Probation and parole immigration agents patrolled the

By late authorities had 38 on of a of crimes, probation and violations and warrants, weapons, and drug Most are gang members, one was brother of Michele Martinez.

surge continues

Although crime this city 350,000 has in recent the latest has centered several neighborhoods mobile home apartments and homes in city s eliciting fears those gains be eroding.

Although aggravated which include and stabbings, gone down last year, said, homicides up, with so far year compared 11 by time last More than the killings gang-related.

Councilman Benavides, who the area, the concentrated presence falls line with city s of focusing and community on crime spots.

It a message the bad out there we re going to back and you terrorize neighborhoods, he

It s making sure small percentage s causing problem gets in and taken away.

others said crackdown bordered harassment.

Faviola 30, who as police in young and women they had to be at a command post Jerome Park, she worried authorities were profiling the look: shaved and baggy, clothing.

Are they people because re robbing, or selling or are just targeting because of way they she asked. husband wears clothes, and s not a gang.

Martinez, 32, parolee, was twice in minutes while a bike. searched him spoke to but did cite him.

re always us, he When they the tattoos the way look, we pulled over lot.

Martinez he had to expect police scrutiny. most of upper body with gang including a tattoo that up his back, he he didn consider the attention to overkill.

Police have focused only racking up They have worked to what they has been of the obstacles to the violence: reluctance to crimes for of retaliation.

worker Alejandro 53, said although he witnessed a of trouble gang members, has never the police.

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m afraid if I they ll out and into my or worse, said.

Police Jose Gonzalez that such was so that the decided to to the spate of by walking several neighborhoods, residents that can report anonymously and fear.

At Country Club Home Park Sullivan Street, last month shaken by police shooting a homicide days apart, and church knocked on door, leaving with instructions Spanish at 114 homes.

Gonzalez asked Elvía de Riva if had noticed increase in

Yes, it pretty ugly, De La 52, who in a home with husband and teenage sons.

and other of delinquency become more lately, she him.


And many times you reported Gonzalez asked. truth is, once, she

Community groups looked at ways to central Santa s troubles.

block party a magician ballet folklorico is planned on dense, Townsend Street, has been by a gang.

One the organizers, Solorio, who on a task force with revitalizing street, said event was part a to the in crime.

has been from the which is because it they re to take steps to it safer, said.

What we to see more community and people the pride talent we in the instead of focusing on negative.

Roman a member the Casa neighborhood association, that although of the surge, he like to a long-term to address in the

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