Release Date/Time: 12/13/2018 10:28 AM
Incident:Salinas Residents Charged with Murders and Racketeering Crimes in Salinas Gang Case
Date: Thursday, 12/13/2018
Time: 10:28 AM
Location:222 Lincoln Ave.
A federal grand jury in San Jose, Ca. returned murder charges against Anthony Valdez aka 'Hitter,” aka 'Tony Boronda,” and Kristopher Purcell, aka 'K-Dawg,”. The indictment supplements charges brought October 11, 2018, against Purcell. According to the indictment, Valdez, 21, and Purcell, 20, both of Salinas, Ca. are Norteño gang members and members of the Boronda Boys street gang. Valdez and Purcell, along with other Boronda Boys street gang members and associates, are accused of hunting and killing rival gang members, gang dropouts, and others who violated gang rules.
In this case, Valdez and others are alleged to have murdered Felix Alonso Francisco (43) on North Hebbron Avenue in Salinas on November 3, 2018. Purcell is alleged to have murdered a victim on Fremont Street in Salinas on February 11, 2017. Purcell remains charged with attempting to murder two victims on Orchard Avenue in Salinas the next day, February 12, 2017.
Both suspects are facing multiple racketeering related charges; racketeering conspiracy, conspiracy to murder in aid of racketeering, murder in aid of racketeering, use of a firearm causing murder, attempted murder in aid of racketeering, assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, use of a firearm during and in relation to, or possession in furtherance of a crime of violence.
If convicted of murder in aid of racketeering, the defendants would face a mandatory sentence of life in prison or death. The remaining charges carry separate penalties. Valdez was arrested and made an initial appearance in federal court on December 11, 2018. He is scheduled to make his next appearance on December 27, 2018.
The prosecution of this case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Salinas Police Department in partnership with the FBI.
Release Authorized by:MIguel Cabrera