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People v. Sanchez
Citation:63 Cal.4th 665 (2016)
On October 16, 2011, two uniformed Santa Ana police officers made eye contact with defendant Marcos Arturo Sanchez, who was standing nearby. He reached into an electrical box with one hand, then ran up upstairs into an apartment. When told defendant did not live in the apartment, the officers approached him. A boy who had been in the apartment testified the man arrested was a stranger who ran through the residence and into the bathroom. A loaded gun and a plastic bag were found in the bathroom. Santa Ana Police Detective David Stow testified for the prosecution as a gang expert. He had been a gang suppression officer for 17 of his 24 years on the force. In preparing for trial, Stow compiled a gang background on defendant. Based on this opinion, Stow opined that defendant was a member of the Delhi gang. Stow admitted he had never met defendant.
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