Azusa gang indictment: 51 charged in gang’s ‘terrorizing’ of blacks

An Azusa street gang’s campaign against blacks began during a meeting at a local park in 1992. From there, prosecutors contend, the predominantly Latino street gang went on the attack.

Graffiti with racial epithets began appearing around town, including “Get out N…” sprayed on garage doors of some black residents. Gang members allegedly beat up blacks they found in their “territory,” telling one man “We hate n… in Azusa. This is Azusa.”

Document: Azusa 13 indictment

Over about 15 years, blacks were assaulted, chased and robbed, their property vandalized, in a “crime spree to drive African Americans out of the city of Azusa,” said U.S. Atty. Andre Birotte Jr.

Authorities announced Tuesday that a federal grand jury had indicted 51 people allegedly associated with the Azusa 13 gang in what prosecutors described as “terrorizing” blacks in the San Gabriel Valley city of more than 48,000.

Azusa Police Chief Robert Garcia said the campaign was partly motivated by racial prejudice. But it also grew from orders by leaders of the Mexican Mafia prison gang to organize Azusa 13’s narcotics business by “eliminating competition so they can have a monopoly on drug sales,” Garcia said. “Usually a street gang member doesn’t get an original idea; it comes from someone higher up.”

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