FIVE CHARGED IN COVINA HILLS 187 *

Five persons have been charged in the March murder of Michelle Chien, aka Hsia Hong Hsu.

Here’s an excerpt of the charge sheet from the DAs office:

BOOKING BAIL CUSTODY
DEFENDANT CII NO. DOB NO. RECOM’D R’TN DATE

SANTANA, CHRISTOPHER KEVIN  NO BAIL
MAURTUA, VICTOR MANUEL         NO BAIL
STRATIS, CHRISTOPHER               NO BAIL
ALEGRE, CHRISTINE                     NO BAIL
FERNANDEZ, MEGALI                   NO BAIL

 You can see the DAs indictment on the jump

All are looking at potential death sentences. Maurtua remains at large.

*All this information jibes with a story we published Saturday indicating the arrests had ocurred.

 


Rev. 920-6/03 DA Case 28312007 Page 1 Case No. KA083187

FELONY COMPLAINT FOR ARREST WARRANT
SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
FOR THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES

    THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA,
Plaintiff,
    v.

    01 CHRISTOPHER KEVIN SANTANA (09/11/1988),
    02 VICTOR MANUEL MAURTUA, III (04/06/1989),
    03 CHRISTOPHER STRATIS (02/04/1991),
    04 CHRISTINE ALEGRE (06/25/1991), and
    05 MEGALI FERNANDEZ (08/10/1990)

Defendant(s).
    CASE NO. KA083187


    FELONY COMPLAINT
    FOR ARREST WARRANT

The undersigned is informed and believes that:

COUNT 1

On or about March 19, 2008, in the County of Los Angeles, the crime of MURDER, in violation of PENAL CODE SECTION 187(a), a Felony, was committed by CHRISTOPHER KEVIN SANTANA, VICTOR MANUEL MAURTUA, III, CHRISTOPHER STRATIS, CHRISTINE ALEGRE and MEGALI FERNANDEZ, who did unlawfully, and with malice aforethought murder MICHELLE HSU HONG, a human being.
“NOTICE: The above offense is a serious felony within the meaning of Penal Code Section 1192.7(c) and a violent felony within the meaning of Penal Code Section 667.5(c).”

It is further alleged that a principal personally and intentionally discharged a firearm, a handgun , which proximately caused great bodily injury and death to MICHELLE HSU HONG within the meaning of Penal Code section 12022.53(d) and (e)(1).
It is further alleged that a principal personally and intentionally discharged a firearm, a handgun , within the meaning of Penal Code section 12022.53(c) and (e)(1).
It is further alleged that a principal personally used a firearm, a handgun , within the meaning of Penal Code sections 12022.53(b) and (e).

It is further alleged that the murder of MICHELLE HSU HONG was committed by defendant(s), CHRISTINE ALEGRE, CHRISTOPHER KEVIN SANTANA, MEGALI FERNANDEZ, CHRISTOPHER STRATIS and VICTOR MANUEL MAURTUA, III while the said defendant was/were engaged in the commission of the crime of burglary in the first and second degree in violation of Section 460, within the meaning of Penal Code Section 190.2(a)(17).

It is further alleged that the murder of MICHELLE HSU HONG was committed by the defendant(s), CHRISTOPHER KEVIN SANTANA for the purpose of avoiding and preventing a lawful arrest and perfecting and attempting to perfect an escape from lawful custody, within the meaning of Penal Code Section 190.2(a)(5).

It is further alleged pursuant to Penal Code section 186.22(b)(1)(C) that the above offense was committed for the benefit of, at the direction of, and in association with a criminal street gang with the specific intent to promote, further and assist in criminal conduct by gang members. Said act also caused the above offense to become a serious felony pursuant to Penal Code section 1192.7(c)(8).

* * * * *

NOTICE: Conviction of this offense will require the defendant to provide DNA samples and print impressions pursuant to Penal Code sections 296 and 296.1. Willful refusal to provide the samples and impressions is a crime.

NOTICE: The People of the State of California intend to present evidence and seek jury findings regarding all applicable circumstances in aggravation, pursuant to Penal Code section 1170(b) and Cunningham v. California 2007 U.S. LEXIS 1324.
Further, attached hereto and incorporated herein are official reports and documents of a law enforcement agency which the undersigned believes establish probable cause for the arrest of defendant(s) CHRISTOPHER KEVIN SANTANA, VICTOR MANUEL MAURTUA, III, CHRISTOPHER STRATIS, CHRISTINE ALEGRE, MEGALI FERNANDEZ for the above-listed crimes. Wherefore, a warrant of arrest is requested for CHRISTOPHER KEVIN SANTANA, VICTOR MANUEL MAURTUA, III, CHRISTOPHER STRATIS, CHRISTINE ALEGRE, MEGALI FERNANDEZ.

I DECLARE UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY THAT THE FOREGOING IS TRUE AND CORRECT AND THAT THIS COMPLAINT, CASE NUMBER KA083187, CONSISTS OF 1 COUNT(S).

Executed at POMONA, County of Los Angeles, on May 28, 2008.

_____________________________________
MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ
DECLARANT AND COMPLAINANT


Steve Cooley, DISTRICT ATTORNEY

BY: ___________________________________

                              IAN PHAN, DEPUTY

AGENCY: LASD – HOMICIDE BUREAU I/O: MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ ID NO.: 275822 PHONE : (323) 890-5500
DR NO.: 008024212941011 OPERATOR: JR PRELIM. TIME EST.:

BOOKING BAIL CUSTODY
DEFENDANT CII NO. DOB NO. RECOM’D R’TN DATE

SANTANA, CHRISTOPHER KEVIN 029217078 9/11/1988 NO BAIL
MAURTUA, VICTOR MANUEL III 027452356 4/6/1989 NO BAIL
STRATIS, CHRISTOPHER 2/4/1991 NO BAIL
ALEGRE, CHRISTINE 6/25/1991 NO BAIL
FERNANDEZ, MEGALI 8/10/1990 NO BAIL

It appearing to the Court that probable cause exists for the issuance of a warrant of arrest for the above-named defendant(s), the warrant is so ordered.

CHRISTOPHER SANTANA BAIL: $______________________________
VICTOR MAURTUA BAIL: $______________________________
CHRISTOPHER STRATIS BAIL: $______________________________
CHRISTINE ALEGRE BAIL: $______________________________
MEGALI FERNANDEZ BAIL: $______________________________

DATE: ___________________________________
Judge of the Above Entitled Court

NON-WARRANT DEFENDANTS:

BOOKING BAIL CUSTODY
DEFENDANT CII NO. DOB NO. RECOM’D R’TN DATE

FELONY COMPLAINT — ORDER HOLDING TO ANSWER — P.C. SECTION 872

It appearing to me from the evidence presented that the following offense(s) has/have been committed and that there is sufficient cause to believe that the following defendant(s) guilty thereof, to wit:

(Strike out or add as applicable)

CHRISTOPHER KEVIN SANTANA

Count No. Charge Charge Range Special Allegation Alleg. Effect
1 PC 187(a) Check Code PC 190.2(a)(5) LWOP/Death
PC 190.2(a)(17) LWOP/Death
PC 186.22(b)(1)(c) +10 Yrs.
PC 12022.53(d) +25Y-Life, MSP*

VICTOR MANUEL MAURTUA, III

Count No. Charge Charge Range Special Allegation Alleg. Effect
1 PC 187(a) Check Code PC 186.22(b)(1)(c) +10 Yrs.
PC 190.2(a)(17) LWOP/Death
PC 12022.53(d) +25Y-Life, MSP*

CHRISTOPHER STRATIS

Count No. Charge Charge Range Special Allegation Alleg. Effect
1 PC 187(a) Check Code PC 186.22(b)(1)(c) +10 Yrs.
PC 12022.53(d) +25Y-Life, MSP*
PC 190.2(a)(17) LWOP/Death

CHRISTINE ALEGRE

Count No. Charge Charge Range Special Allegation Alleg. Effect
1 PC 187(a) Check Code PC 12022.53(d) +25Y-Life, MSP*
PC 190.2(a)(17) LWOP/Death
PC 186.22(b)(1)(c) +10 Yrs.

MEGALI FERNANDEZ

Count No. Charge Charge Range Special Allegation Alleg. Effect
1 PC 187(a) Check Code PC 12022.53(d) +25Y-Life, MSP*
PC 190.2(a)(17) LWOP/Death
PC 186.22(b)(1)(c) +10 Yrs.

I order that the defendant(s) be held to answer therefore and be admitted to bail in the sum of:

    CHRISTOPHER KEVIN SANTANA ______________________________ Dollars

    VICTOR MANUEL MAURTUA, III ______________________________ Dollars

    CHRISTOPHER STRATIS ______________________________ Dollars

    CHRISTINE ALEGRE ______________________________ Dollars

    MEGALI FERNANDEZ ______________________________ Dollars

and be committed to the custody of the Sheriff of Los Angeles County until such bail is given. Date of arraignment in Superior Court will be:

    CHRISTOPHER KEVIN SANTANA ______________________ in Dept _______

    VICTOR MANUEL MAURTUA, III ______________________ in Dept _______

    CHRISTOPHER STRATIS ______________________ in Dept _______

    CHRISTINE ALEGRE ______________________ in Dept _______

    MEGALI FERNANDEZ ______________________ in Dept _______

    at: A.M.

    Date: ________________________________________

Committing Magistrate

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  • tb

    By saying “remains at large” they of course mean south of the border, free of extradition.

  • Steve

    @tb
    Your comment alledges he is a mexican national. how did you jump into that conclusion? just because of his name?
    He could be south of the border, yes. But if he happens to be a US born citizen, he will be extradited.

  • blah

    All ages 17 to 19. What a waste of life.

  • borderraven

    True, it is unfair to illegal aliens and Americans of Mexican descent, to assume everyone with a Hispanic surname is a Mexican citizen, or illegal alien.

    What school district accepts responsibility for the education of these criminals?

  • Anymouse

    All 5 are american citizens!!! And the oldest one (Chris Santana) is a reserve for the Marines!!! guess WHO thought him how to fire a gun!

  • unknown

    thats fucked up that people can judge so easily, have you really any idea who these people are really. no becuase in some cases people are just in the wrong place, wrong time. just listen to what they have to say.

  • rk

    FREE CHRISTINE & MAGALI!
    fuck the rest..

  • AKA?

    Yes they are guilty of their actions, but what was the motive? It was definitvely not burglary, everything was untouched. High tech security system was deactivated and the doors were unlocked. Has any one paid attention to the husband? There was infidelity going on in that marriage and the guy is drowning in money. I think we have a new suspect! I really hope justice is served this time and the real murderer is aprehended.

  • wow

    i dont think there should be any fingers pointed
    to who was the gun man until all defendants
    are capture
    chris i really pray you werent the
    gun man … i know you werent!

  • N/A

    NOT TO MENTION VICTOR MANUEL MAURTUA HAS 2 CHILDREN BOTH ARE GIRLS, LESS THAN 3 YEARS!

  • J.GARCIA

    THESE KIDS WERE MOTIVATED AND BRAINWASHED BY SOMEONE.C’MON IF THIS WAS JUST A RANDOM BURGLARY WHY DIDNT THESE KIDS RUN OFF AS SOON AS THEY KNEW SOMEONE WAS HOME.SOMEONE ELSE WITH SOMETHING TO GAIN INFLUENCED ONE OF THESE KIDS BY MONEY,THREATS,AND OR BLACKMALE.AND ITS MORE THAN LIKELY THE ONE WHOS ON THE RUN HAS THE ANSWERS.FIND HIM FIRST BEFORE THESE KIDS ARE SENTENCED.YEAH THESE KIDS ARE GUILTY OF BEING THERE TO COMMIT A CRIME OF BURGLARY.BUT I BELIEVE THEY WERE SET UP BY ONE,MAYBE TWO OF THOSE KIDS AND ANOTHER PERSON.I WOULD DEFENITELY LOOK AT THE HUSBAND.IT JUST DOESNT MAKE SENSE.SOMEONE MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR THESE KIDS TO GET IN UNNOTICED AND ITS THAT PERSON WHO SHOULD SPEND THE REST OF THERE LIFE IN JAIL.I ALSO BELIEVE THAT THE ONE WHO SET THIS UP IS ALSO PAYING THE EXPENSES TO KEEP THAT ONE KID WHOS ON THE RUN HIDDEN.ONE MORE THING WHAT DOES IT MATTER WHAT NATIONALITY THEY ARE?WHAT WHITE, BLACK,ASIAN,ETC.KIDS HAVE NEVER COMMITED A CRIME.

  • dfaslhd

    i went to school with christine alegre and as for the comments about her schooling, i feel that the schooling had absolutely NOTHING to do with what she did! especially because she was rarely ever literally or mentally at school. she was known to do a variety of drugs and was always one of the “bad” kids since i first met her in the 6th grade. im sorry for the tragedy this family has faced and i hope all the suspects are caught! and i hope they get what they deserve! >=T

  • xtina

    THat stupid bitch “DFASLHD” needs to shut the fuck up and your lucky your anonymous!
    christine and magali were at the wrong place at the WRONG TIME ,this is what pier pressure gets you,christine was NOT “one of the bad kids” she was your typical teen who loved makeup & boys so keep her name OUT OF your ugly mouth,computer E.T.C

  • Fernando Ortiz

    Not really “free of extradition,” Mr. Victor Manuel Maurtua was arrested today January 12, 2009, in Tijuana. According to news reports published in Mexico, Mr. Maurtua was arrested for public disturbance. He was yelling obscenities at a public street in Tijuana. When he was approached by Mexican police, he told them that they could not arrest him “because he is an American citizen.” When the Mexican policed checked his record, they found he is a fugitive. The Mexican Federal Police are processing him today to be extradited back to LA to face justice. http://www.frontera.info/EdicionEnLinea/Notas/Noticias/12012009/351185.aspx

  • Anonymous

    VICTOR MANUEL MAURTUA, III (04/06/1989) just arrested in Mexico facing extradition

  • pray for chris

    im praying fo u all especially u chris….no matter what happens la familia will always pray fo u man we love u.

  • anonymous

    Theres alot of things that just dont make sense in this case. But last time I checked we are all innocent until proven guilty. Also some of these kids have no criminal history and no gang affiliation. The 16 year olds are still kids with a kid mentality sadly. Bad decision making was definitely involved but only one person entered that house and killed that poor woman. I pray that justice is served to all involved. In regards to the comment about Christine. If everyone that wasnt into school and tried drugs was a criminal that deserved the death penalty our country would be full of gravesites.

  • anonymous

    Theres alot of things that just dont make sense in this case. But last time I checked we are all innocent until proven guilty. Also some of these kids have no criminal history and no gang affiliation. The 16 year olds are still kids with a kid mentality sadly. Bad decision making was definitely involved but only one person entered that house and killed that poor woman. I pray that justice is served to all involved. In regards to the comment about Christine. If everyone that wasnt into school and tried drugs was a criminal that deserved the death penalty our country would be full of gravesites.

  • Anonymous

    I find it funny when you mention none of these kids were involved in any gangs. One of the girls is my neighbor and was definately involved in a gang and other very questionable activities. A woman lost her life due to the group being irresponsible and the group being cold-hearted or someone in the group would have went directly to the police following the incident.

  • Anonymous

    cj my heart and prayers are always with you may god bless you and protect you i love you your step mama steph p.s. you stay stronge in the lord mijo he’s your strength

  • citizen

    its so sad that people are so quick to judge and condemn people so quickly. We form opinions without hearing the facts or taking the time to sit in a courtroom and be objective. A gang expert on the case has ruled out the girls of any gang affiliation. Our society now a days is so quick to judge. Thank god our judicial system was not set up y these people or else we would need to spend alot more tax dollars building jails

  • Innocent Until Proven Guilty

    Christopher Kevin Santana has now been convicted of 1st Degree Felony Murder with 3 special circumstances. He did his own self in, with his testimony

  • Second chance

    christine alegre was aquitted of all her charges so u should get to know her before u judge her

  • Anonymous

    Christine Alegre is still an accesory to MURDER.She drove the van and even if she did just want to go get “HIGH”, that is no excuse to driving in a vehicle with someone who is armed with a gun.Explain that?If they were so innocent, All of them, Why was there any firearms involved?It’s because they are NOT!!!Anyone in their rightmind knows the dangers and knows how illegal it is to carry an armed weapon. All 5 kids were probably promised a certain amount of money for this crime and its obvious. I dont care what the judicial system says, The ALL DESERVE TO ROT IN HELL AND JAIL! none of them are INNOCENT.They are all lowlifes and ANIMALS for contributing to killing a life of a young innocent woman!