*UPDATED: Suspected gang member jailed in videotaped El Monte attack

*EL MONTE — Police jailed a suspected local gang member Wednesday in connection with a severe beating in front of an El Monte liquor store that was caught on surveillance tape, officials said.
Juan Villegas, 23, of El Monte was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and gang enhancements shortly after 4 p.m., El Monte police Detective Ralph Batres said.

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“Detectives spotted him walking in the area of Durfee and Rush in South El Monte,” the detective said. Villegas, who is believed to be a member of a local street gang, was was taken into custody without further incident.
The arrest stems from an apparently unprovoked attack on May 21 in which a 27-year-old El Monte man was badly beaten in front of Little Five Points Liquor, 2602 Mountain View Road, El Monte Monte police Sgt. David Vautrin said in a written statement.
The 27-year-old had his jaw broken in four places and lost several teeth in the alleged broad daylight attack, officials said.
He was recovering Wednesday with his jaw wired shut, Batres said.
A motive in the beating remained unknown Wednesday, he said.
“It appears to be an unprovoked attack, however we have two detectives still investigating it,” Batres said.
“More arrests are expected,” he added.
Investigators made use of surveillance tape from the nearby store to help identify Villegas as a suspect prior to his arrest, Batres added.
According to court records, Villegas is being held in lieu of $30,000. The date of his initial court appearance was not available Wednesday.

PHOTO of Juan Villegas courtesy of the El Monte Police Department.

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  • Chino Hills Man

    I was shocked when video of the attack aired last week. This could have happened to anyone,based on a culture that celebrates the “Machissmo” mentality. Thankfully the perpetrator was apprehended, and I hope this thug spends a little time with the Bro’s downtown..

  • eye for an eye

    The cholo should have his jaw broken and teeth knocked out as punishment for his crime. An eye for and eye would make me and god happy. šŸ™‚

  • a parent

    Is he illegal? Get him out of the country.

  • member of el monte community

    As a member for el monte ca, i HATE cholos, EMF needs to be shut down, they dont take care of ur streets they destroy it and make it worst on innocent people, they think they are all that and a bag of chips with a chip swapmeet pocket knife, but guess what??? your not all your good for is to make out community look bad.

  • El MOnte


  • Buck You

    Your Mom is Illegal…

  • dont trip

    fuck all you.. jaja da foo got wat he deserved… lol



  • kiks

    dont trip put your head up ese much love n respect puro EMF TMS F,,,,, THE HATERS FS UP ENEMIES DOWN

  • Anonymous

    hey i think i know him.

  • Anonymous

    and that was like in front of my house