- Posted May 19, 2009 by
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Mother-Son Duo Charged in Drive-By Murder
A mother and son are scheduled to appear in court today after being charged in a killing last week. The son is accused of pulling the trigger, and the mom is charged with driving the getaway car and hiding evidence, police said.
Delfino Juarez, 18, is charged with first-degree murder. His mother, Karen Juarez, 49, is charged with obstruction of justice.
Delfino Juarez allegedly shot 18-year-old Jesus Sanchez Friday in the 2000 block of West Garfield after exchanging gang signs with him. Karen Juarez allegedly was driving the van that her son fired from, police said.
The Juarezes were arrested Sunday, according to police.
Investigators developed information that led them to the van, which was found parked in a garage, according to a law enforcement source.
About 11 a.m. Sunday, police arrested Delfino Juarez, and when police asked who was driving the van during the incident, he said it was his mother, according to the source.
After his mother was advised of her rights, she allegedly told police that her son needs a gun to protect himself against rival gang members. She also allegedly told police that after the incident, she hid the van in the garage and went back to the scene about 10 minutes later, using another vehicle, according to the source.
For a minute, I couldn't believe what I was reading. When parents start assisting their children with gang violence, something is really wrong!