ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE
Case # 12NF1746
Date: August 14, 2015
SANTA ANA – Three defendants were sentenced today to 15 years to life in state prison for firing several rounds at a police officer’s vehicle that was out on patrol in Anaheim for the benefit of their Hispanic criminal street gang. Juan Carlos Covarrubias, 22, Jordy Roman Martinez, 22, Andrew Gomez Sanchez, 22, all of Anaheim, were each found guilty by a jury on Feb. 26, 2015, of one felony count of shooting at an occupied motor vehicle and one felony count of street terrorism, with sentencing enhancements for the vicarious discharge of a firearm by a gang member and criminal street gang activity.
At approximately 3:30 a.m. on June 1, 2012, Sanchez was driving Martinez and Covarrubias and pulled up in front of an unmarked Anaheim Police Department (APD) vehicle that was patrolling the street. Sanchez was driving the car on the wrong side of the road to block the officer’s vehicle from moving forward on Palm Street at Boysen Avenue in Anaheim. The officers were on duty and in their full uniform at the time of the incident. Continue reading