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FIVE "SUR-13" GANG MEMBERS SENTENCED FOR CRIME SPREE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 8, 2011
http://www.jusice.gov/usao/gan/
CONTACT:  Patrick Crosby
(404)581-6016
FAX (404)581-6160

Weekend-long Robbery and Assault Binge Spanned Five Counties

            ATLANTA, GA - Five “Sur-13”gang members,  PEDRO BARRERA-PEREZ, 30, of Stone Mountain, Georgia; GLORIA GALVAN, 21, of Jonesboro, Georgia; IRMA OVALLES, 21, of Stone Mountain, Georgia; JERRY ARRIAGA, 22, of Austell, Georgia; and        FRANCISCO ARRELLANO, 20, of Lithia Springs, Georgia were sentenced today by United States District Judge Julie E. Carnes to lengthy federal prison terms on charges of carjacking and firearms offenses. The defendants pleaded guilty to the charges on December 15, 2010.      

            “Gang crime strikes a particular fear in communities because of its unpredictable and violent nature,” said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.  “These gang members, went on a weekend-long, armed robbery crime spree that spread across metro Atlanta, and included at least seven carjackings or attempted carjackings, the robbery of a small grocery store, and several pedestrian robberies.  Because of the violent nature of these carjackings and physical assaults, each of these defendants will now be confined to federal prison for at least a dozen years, and for some, much more.”                          

            “These sentences should serve as a stern warning to gang members whose actions breed fear and violence in our communities,” said Brock Nicholson, Special Agent in Charge of ICE HSI in Atlanta. “By partnering with other law enforcement agencies, we are successfully targeting these gangs, arresting their leaders, disrupting their operations, and putting their members and associates behind bars.”  Nicholson oversees a three-state area which includes Georgia, North and South Carolina.

            “Although both Federal and State prosecutors have made great strides in combating gangs and the violence they inflict on our community, criminal gang activity is still prevalent throughout Fulton County.  SUR-13 is a large, violent gang known for crime sprees like the one prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office.  Fulton County is a safer place now that several of these violent gang members are behind bars where they belong. We are grateful to the federal authorities for their continued work to ensure a safer Fulton County,” said Paul Howard, Fulton County District Attorney.

            BARRERA-PEREZ was sentenced to 24 years in prison to be followed by 5 years of supervised release.  He was also ordered by the court to pay $19,272 in restitution to the victims of his crimes. He pleaded to one count of armed robbery of a grocery store, four counts of carjacking or attempted carjacking, and one count of discharging a firearm during one of the carjackings.

            GLORIA GALVAN was sentenced to 21 years, 6 months in prison to be followed by 5 years of supervised release.  She was also ordered by the court to pay $19,272 in restitution to the victims of her crimes. She pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery of a grocery store, four counts of carjacking or attempted carjacking, and one count of discharging a firearm during one of the carjackings.

            IRMA OVALLES was sentenced to 19 years in prison to be followed by 5 years of supervised release.  She was also ordered by the court to pay $19,272 in restitution to the victims of her crimes. She pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery of a grocery store, four counts of carjacking or attempted carjacking, and one count of discharging a firearm during one of the carjackings.

JERRY ARRIAGA was sentenced to 16 years, 6 months in prison to be followed by 5 years of supervised release.  He was also ordered by the court to pay $11,767 in restitution to the victims of his crimes. He pleaded guilty to one count of carjacking, one count of attempted carjacking and one count of discharging a firearm during one of the carjackings.

            FRANCISCO ARRELLANO was sentenced to 13 years, 5 months in prison to be followed by 5 years of supervised release.  He was also ordered by the court to pay $2,267 in restitution to the victims of his crimes. He pleaded guilty to one count of attempted carjacking and one count of discharging a firearm during one of the carjackings.

            According to United States Attorney Yates, the charges and other information presented in court: Each of these defendants is a member of the street gang SUR-13, or Sureños-13. Their weekend crime spree spanned the Metro Atlanta area, including robberies in Clayton, DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton, and Gwinnett counties. The first robbery occurred on December 12, 2008, when several defendants, wielding baseball bats and a gun, robbed a small Mexican grocery store using a stolen car.  From there, these defendants beat a man and attempted to carjack his truck.  In quick succession, all defendants, now bearing an AK-47 and other firearms, carjacked or attempted to carjack six other vehicles.  During one attempted carjacking, a child was hit in the mouth with a baseball bat and, when the carjacking failed, the defendants fleeing the scene fired an AK-47 at the victim family. Their carjacking spree only ended when, during a police chase, the defendants rolled the carjacked truck that they were all in, and one of the gang members, a minor, was killed. The gang members who were minors were prosecuted for carjacking by the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office.

            This case was investigated by Special Agents of Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations. (ICE-HSI).

            Assistant United States Attorney Kim S. Dammers prosecuted the case.

            For further information please contact Sally Q. Yates, United States Attorney, or Charysse L. Alexander, Executive Assistant United States Attorney, through Patrick Crosby, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Attorney's Office, at (404) 581-6016.  The Internet address for the HomePage for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia is www.justice.gov/usao/gan.

 

 

 

 

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