Influence of Mexican Mafia runs deep

Fred Ortega’s piece on the history and influence of La Eme is now online. Here’s an excerpt from the bottom of the story:  The SGVN’s online look at gangs is here.


The (Lola) Llantada case is only the latest example of the influence that the Eme wields in the San Gabriel Valley.

In April 2006, four men were arrested in Pomona in connection with an attempted Mexican Mafia contract killing. Their trial is scheduled for this year.

Last November, reputed Emero Frank “Frankie B” Buelna, 61, was shot to death in a Pomona sports bar. Buelna was reputed to have broad power within the Mexican Mafia, and officials are still investigating the motive behind his killing. The perpetrators are still at large.

And in December, reputed Eme member Eulalio “Lalo” Martinez, 46, was charged with ordering the killing of former gang member Donald “Pato” Schubert in Rosemead in 1998. In that case, prosecutors allege that Martinez runs the Lomas Rosemead street gang from Pelican Bay State Prison, where he has been incarcerated for the past 15 years.

La Eme’s deep roots in the San Gabriel Valley became clearly evident to Steinwand, the sheriff’s homicide investigator, when he moved to the Industry Station from the South Central Los Angeles area early in his career.

“Over there in South Central when there were orders from the Eme to stop drive-bys, guys would go out and do five of them in one night just to spite them,” said Steinwand, who has been a detective for 18 years. “But they have a lot more control on this side of the 710 (Freeway).

“When I came to work at the Industry Station, it was amazing,” he added. “When the Eme said something, (the gangs) listened.”


Some of this information surfaced during the investigation of Robert Whitehead’s killing. Whitehead was killed after confronting taggers near his parents home. Among those suspected in the case was Paul “Malo” Salazar, a graduate of Bishop Amat High School in La Puente, who was also a suspected member of Puente Trece.

Salazar was killed at his home during a get-together in July.

Interesting side note, Whitehead’s brother is a Monrovia police officer. 

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Wrong Slip bandit caught



Sources tell us the Wrong Slip Bandit is in custody.  

His name: Noel Arellano (dob:7/8/1974). Not much more is known at this time. We’re fleshing out a story on the case.

Arrellano was arrested Tuesday morning in Norwalk. he is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail a hearing is scheduled for Friday morning.



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The Lincoln Aviator


The initial search for Jennifer Dejongh focused on a “missing” Lincoln Aviator. Up until this morning the sheriff’s department was still teling reporters that they were on the lookout for the car. Our sister paper even ran a story with the information.

Just one problem. The Aviator pictured here is the “missing” Aviator. It’s been parked in a Whittier driveway since Sunday. Ace reporter Jen McLain snapped this photo Tuesday morning.

Wenesday morning ace reporter Tania Chatila was chatting with deputies at Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau  and this is her report of the exchange:

Okay, so I called about 7:30 – 7:45 this morning to see if there were any updates on the Miller case. I s/w a Deputy Oscar Butao who at the time told me that there was no new information and that police were still searching for the children, the mother and the car.

I asked him what car? And he said a black Lincoln Aviator license plate 5JAT330.

I got off the phone, wrote up the web update but left out the car information because I remembered the photo. Eddie called, I told him about it and he told me to call back and ask. When I did, Butao said something along the lines of “Oh, they recovered the vehicle?” He said he would check up on it. He called me back and basically said that the information was on an old, initial alert and that it was no longer valid. He said there was no new car information.


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He smells like dirt

Local bank tellers who have encountered the Landscape Bandit say he smells like “dirt.” And, that’s how he earned his moniker, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller says. We’ve got some photos of the guy up on the website. They are not super clear, but perhaps someone will recognize him from the hat. We’ll stay on this one.

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