Glassell Park gang member arrested in connection with alleged hate crime

A Latino gang member who was arrested last night in Glassell Park during a SWAT team operation had taunted a trio of African Americans with racial slurs and then threatened them with a shotgun, police said this morning.  Ivan Alquicira, 19, was booked on assault with a deadly weapon charge after the SWAT and Northeast Division gang officers took him into custody and recovered a shotgun, an additional weapon and ammunition from his residence, said Lt. Steven Flores with the Northeast Division.  Alquicira and another man were  on a balcony when he began yelling racial epithets at a group of African Americans who were walking in the 3100 block of Estara Avenue at about 6 p.m.  The incident was apparently unprovoked and officers responded to a report on of an assault with a deadly weapon and hate crime, Flores said.

“One of the suspects produced a shotgun and pointed the weapon at the three victims,” Flores said in an email. “The suspect demanded the victims leave their neighborhood.  The suspects began chasing the victims who fled the location in fear.”

The victims lived in the area, Flores said.  Alquicira’s bail was set at $500,000. It is up to the District Attorney to file a hate crime enhancement to the charges, Flores said.


  1. What a POS.

  2. I hope they lock that gang member up for life it’s people like him that make life ugly.

  3. The area in those few blocks is pretty rough, even with the Leon gang house taken down. Also seems to extend across the 2 fwy. along Estara. It’s deceptive, IMHO — driving along there, you don’t notice anything that unusual.

  4. Black on Brown problems will always continue. The more blacks move into the area the more this will happen,it already happened in Highland Park for years.

    Can’t blame one color idiot to hate a whole race.

  5. Getting tired of these racists attacking African-American men.

  6. FREE my man IVAN i love yeww baby .. im here threw thick n thin …. theses cops are a joke

  7. Why are the cops a joke? Pleyto is a gangster..full time and the cops are doing their thing full time..it comes with the territory sweetheart..

  8. you all dont even know what happened, no one knows if he is innocent or not. cops at times can be a joke bcuz they think they can do whatever they want. FREE THE BOY!

  9. Free ur boy!! Lmao! Guilty was the verdict.. 44 years, see ya when your 65 Ivan. Lol

    • kid from your apartment

      it not about race is that Ivan just protecting himself i new Ivan since i was born i grew up on the same apartment has he did .Ivan was there in my hard times hopefully you come out for my birthday old friend

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