Gang Members Charged in Killing of Security Guard at Spring Valley Dispensary Due in Court

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Three pack members are owed successful tribunal Wednesday successful transportation with the fatal shooting of a 59-year-old information defender extracurricular a Spring Valley marijuana dispensary.

The shooting of Kenneth Love II allegedly was tied to a broader strategy to extort amerciable dispensaries for money. If the extortion wealth was not paid, the defendants utilized threats and unit to intimidate ownership, San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan said.

The transgression spree is liable for different Spring Valley-area shootings successful July 2019 and November 2019, according to prosecutors. Two of the defendants are pack members who reside successful the Los Angeles country and the 3rd is simply a San Diego antheral associated with a section gang, Stephan said.


After an probe by San Diego County Sheriff's Department homicide detectives and the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force, Daveon Dajuan Hicks Sr., 30, Curry James Williams Jr., 29, and Jamal Johnson, 41, were arrested connected suspicion of murder, Stephan said.

Hicks, Williams and Johnson were besides charged with conspiracy to perpetrate extortion and different offenses related to the Spring Valley shootings, Stephan said.

Adrian Kasey Batten, 36, was charged with conspiracy to perpetrate extortion and different offenses related to the Spring Valley shootings. Jester Ramos, 28, has been charged with attempted robbery and shooting astatine an occupied building, Stephan said.

All person pleaded not blameworthy and are owed astatine the East County Courthouse Wednesday for a readiness hearing.

Hicks and Williams were arrested astatine their homes successful Compton connected July 1 aft 2 hunt warrants were served successful Compton and 1 each successful Hawthorne, Bellflower and Long Beach, Stephan said.

Five firearms were recovered during the execution of the hunt warrants, Stephan said.

Investigators are hoping recently distributed fliers of a antheral described arsenic a idiosyncratic of involvement successful a Spring Valley homicide volition pb to the apprehension of the victim’s murderer.

Johnson and Batten were arrested July 7 by San Diego County sheriff's detectives aft they landed astatine Los Angeles International Airport.

Ramos was arrested July 7 aft a hunt warrant was served astatine his residence successful San Diego, Stephan said.

The arrests were made imaginable with continuing assistance of the FBI's Los Angeles Field Office, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, and the Los Angeles, Long Beach, Torrance and Hawthorne constabulary departments, Stephan said.

"Last week's arrests bring a decision to this section of an probe by a radical of dedicated instrumentality enforcement professionals committed to making the streets of San Diego safer for the assemblage to unrecorded and work," said FBI Special Agent successful Charge Suzanne Turner.

"This lawsuit progressive a wide array of investigative techniques varying successful their complexity, worked jointly with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, each with 1 extremity successful caput -- to bring justness to Mr. Love and his family."

Love was recovered mortally wounded successful beforehand of the unlicensed cannabis store successful the 8700 artifact of Troy Street, conscionable eastbound of authorities Route 125, soon aft 11 p.m. connected June 2, 2020, according to sheriff's officials.

"This lawsuit demonstrates however convulsive pack transgression knows nary borders and criminals volition exploit immoderate opportunity, specified arsenic marijuana dispensaries operating illegally, to marque money," Stephan said.

"Law enforcement ne'er gave up connected uncovering the murderers and our squad volition proceed to question justness for Mr. Love's household and friends done this prosecution. Extraordinary practice among our investigative partners from respective local, region and nationalist agencies led to these arrests."

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