Newsletter - In The News - San Antonio Gangs The News - San Antonio Gangsen-us2023-09-22T13:35:44.6464359-05:00Man accused of 2019 fatal shooting of taxicab driver in Windcrest arrested; Affidavit implicates second suspect The News - San Antonio Gangs&newsletterid=1110/29/2021 12:00:00 AM<p class="sc-bdVaJa dist__TextBase-sc-1fnzlkn-2 eMzIPv"><strong>SAN ANTONIO&nbsp;&#8211; A man accused of fatally shooting a taxicab driver in Windcrest two years ago was arrested Friday on the West Side of San Antonio, and an arrest affidavit implicates at least one other suspect in the crime.</strong></p><p class="sc-bdVaJa dist__TextBase-sc-1fnzlkn-2 eMzIPv"><strong>Baldemar Hinojoza Jr., 44, was taken into custody Friday and charged with capital murder in the death of&nbsp;Aadam Ugaas Xirsi. Windcrest police said Hinojoza had been on the run since January 2019.</strong></p><p class="sc-bdVaJa dist__TextBase-sc-1fnzlkn-2 eMzIPv"><strong>Authorities were initially called to the parking lot of a Texas Thrift Store off of Interstate 35, near Loop 410, on Jan.Officials speak on progress of Texas Anti-Gang Initiative The News - San Antonio Gangs&newsletterid=92/8/2020 12:00:00 AM<link href="video-js.min.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><script src=""></script> <video class="video-js vjs-fluid vjs-default-skin vjs-big-play-centered" id="my-video554" preload="none" width="450" height="260" controls="" poster="" data-setup="{}"> <source src="" type="video/mp4"> </video><script src="video.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script><div>SAN ANTONIO &#8211; The Texas Anti-Gang Initiative is being called a scientific and strategic approach to dismantling gangs.</div><div><br></div><div>On Friday, federal, state and local law enforcement agencies stood alongside Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales to talk about the joint effort to make the San Antonio area safer.</div><div><br></div><div>&#8220;Since I first took office, I said I wanted to focus the efforts of the DA's office on violent crime, and that's exactly what we're doing,&#8221; Gonzales said. &#8220;Our goal is to take these people (gang members) off the street, to identify them, to work together and to go to court and get maximum punishment.&#8221;</div><div><br></div><div>Some recent convictions being credited to the Texas Anti-Gang initiative, also known as TAG, are the following:</div><div><br></div><div>Rudy Smith, a documented member of Tango Orejon who is now serving life in prison for murder and for being involved in a shootout with law enforcement</div><div>Tyler Collins, a documented member of the Bloods who was sentenced to life in prison for a capital murder charge</div><div>Manuel Garcia, a member of the Mexican Mafia who is serving life in prison for intentionally running down two men with a stolen car.</div><div><br></div><div>Stiff sentences were also handed down to members of the Crips and Rigsby Court Bloods.</div><div><br></div><div>&#8220;We have seen a very surgical strike on the leaders of this gang violence,&#8221; said FBI Special Agent in Charge Chris Combs.</div><div><br></div><div>&#8220;The days of agencies hoarding information, not sharing information, are long, long past,&#8221; said San Antonio Police Chief William McManus.</div><div><br></div><div>Even with all the efforts, officials are still asking for the public&#8217;s help.DEA: Most violent crimes committed by gangs in SA The News - San Antonio Gangs&newsletterid=102/4/2020 12:00:00 AM<link href="video-js.min.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><script src=""></script> <video class="video-js vjs-fluid vjs-default-skin vjs-big-play-centered" id="my-video555" preload="none" width="450" height="260" controls="" poster="" data-setup="{}"> <source src="" type='video/mp4' > </video><script src="video.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script><div>SAN ANTONIO &#8212; San Antonio may be the 7th largest city in the U.S., but when it comes to gangs in the state of Texas we're number 3. Fox San Antonio uncovers why some of the most violent crime committed by gangs is happening here in San Antonio.</div><div><br></div><div>The scenes are all over the news, gang violence doesn't go away but it does change.Project Safe Neighborhoods is Making an Impact in Killeen, Temple and San Antonio The News - San Antonio Gangs&newsletterid=811/20/2019 12:00:00 AM<iframe width="350" height="200" src="" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe><p>Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), which plays a major role in the Department of Justice&#8217;s violent crime reduction strategy, is making a difference in Killeen and San Antonio&#8212;two cities in the Western District of Texas where the program is being implemented, announced U.S. Attorney John F.Federal, State and Local Authorities Arrest Seven San Antonio Eastside Bloods Gang Members and Associates on Drug Trafficking Charges The News - San Antonio Gangs&newsletterid=74/19/2019 6:32:52 PM<p>In San Antonio and Austin this morning, federal, state and local authorities arrested seven members and associates of the Bloods gang on federal and state drug trafficking charges, announced U.S. Attorney John F.Suspected Bloods gang members arrested in San Antonio, Austin The News - San Antonio Gangs&newsletterid=64/18/2019 2:33:54 PM<p>The arrests were the result of an anti-gang initiative a year in the making, according to U.S. attorney John Bash.7 East Side Blood gang members arrested on drug trafficking charges The News - San Antonio Gangs&newsletterid=54/18/2019 2:15:17 PMSAN ANTONIO - Federal officials hold a news conference to talk about the arrest of seven East Side Blood gang members on drug trafficking charges. News conference is expected to begin at 1:30 p.m.Latin Kings gang member wanted in two states arrested in the San Antonio area The News - San Antonio Gangs&newsletterid=44/16/2019 3:32:03 PM<div style=""><font face="times">Jorge Tirado, 47, was arrested in Pleasanton. He allegedly admitted to being part of the Latin Kings, a notorious street gang.</font></div><div style=""><font face="times"><br></font></div><div style=""><font face="times">Pleasanton police recently confirmed the arrest of man who allegedly admitted to being a general in the Latin Kings, an organized street gang.</font></div><div style=""><font face="times"><br></font></div><div style=""><font face="times">Jorge Tirado, 47, was arrested in a traffic stop in Pleasanton, police said.</font></div><div style=""><font face="times"><br></font></div><div style=""><font face="times">Tirado had two outstanding warrants, police said on Monday.Exclusive Gang Unit Ride Along: How El Paso Police are fighting violent gang crime in El Paso The News - San Antonio Gangs&newsletterid=32/8/2019 12:00:00 AM<div style=""><font face="times">The violent crime associated with gang activity in the city of El Paso has decreased drastically over the past 20 years, said El Paso's Gang Unit Sergeant.&nbsp;</font></div><div style=""><font face="times"><br></font></div><div style=""><font face="times">ABC-7 was given an exclusive ride along with a Gang Unit to see how first hand how the unit operates and learn about the changing gang trends in El Paso.SA crips ringleader, two other gang members face additional federal charges The News - San Antonio Gangs&newsletterid=17/11/2018 12:00:00 PMSAN ANTONIO - A San Antonio crips ringleader and two other gang members are facing additional federal charges stemming from their November arrest on a federal crack cocaine distribution conspiracy charge.<br><br>The United States Attorney&#8217;s Office announced that the federal grand jury has returned separate indictments against Crips East Terrance Gangstas ringleader Alvin Clark, 40; James Bilal Ali, 35; and Dai&#8217;Vonte E&#8217;Shaun Titus Ross, 21.<br><br>Officials said Clark and Ali are being charged with one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.<br><br>Ross is being charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, officials said.BCSO: Gang member caught with 134 grams of heroin, $80,000 in West Side raid The News - San Antonio Gangs&newsletterid=25/24/2018 12:00:00 PMBexar County deputies on Wednesday arrested an alleged gang member who they said had more than 100 grams of heroin.<br><br>David Medina, 37, faces two felony and one misdemeanor drug charges. He remains in the Bexar County Jail on a bond of more than $40,000.<br><br>According to the Bexar County Sheriff's Office, deputies executed a search warrant at a home in the 2500 block of Suzette Avenue.