Tattoo and Murder Conviction For Southern California Gang Member

Tattoo and Murder Conviction. A gang member has been convicted of first-degree murder after what police found on his chest. This is one story you are not going to believe and how the police solved the case.

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Anthony Garcia, 25, was found guilty in the death of John Juarez, 23, outside a liquor store on Jan. 23, 2004.

Tattoo and Murder Conviction

The case had turned cold until a Los Angeles County investigator spotted a photo of Garcia’s tattoo and recognized the crime scene because he had visited it as a station sergeant in the Los Angeles-area city. The tattoo, which stretches from Garcia’s neck to his chest and from arm to arm, showed particulars of the scene, including Christmas lights on the store’s roof, a street sign and a bent street lamp.

Sheriff’s homicide investigator Kevin Lloyd was looking at photos of tattooed gang members four years after the killing when he came across Garcia’s tattoo and recognized the crime scene. It showed the victim, a member of the Pico Nuevo gang, as a peanut, a word deputies say is derisively used to describe rival gang members. The store had “liquor” written across the top.

Above the scene, in bold ink, were the words “Rivera Kills,” a reference to Garcia’s Rivera 13 gang. A second gunman hasn’t been charged, but Robert Armijo, 28, of Pico Rivera, has pleaded guilty to assault with a firearm and voluntary manslaughter. He faces 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on May 3.