|Victim: Juan Martinez, age 12|
SANTA ANA – An 18-year-old Anaheim man was charged today with the stabbing-murder of a 12-year-old boy. Brian Ocampo is charged with one felony count of murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 26 years to life in state prison. The People will be requesting the defendant be held on $1 million bail at his arraignment today, June 15, 2011, in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.
Ocampo is accused of being a member of a graffiti-tagging crew. On the afternoon of June 13, 2011, the victim, 12-year-old Juan Martinez was walking home from school on La Palma Avenue, east of Anna Drive. He was a 7th grade student at Sycamore Junior High School in Anaheim. Ocampo is accused of walking up to the victim and engaging in a physical altercation with him. He is accused of pulling out a knife from his pocket and stabbing Martinez in the chest. The victim attempted to run away but collapsed due to his injury.
Anaheim Police Department (APD) officers arrived at the scene and found the victim in the parking lot of an apartment complex. Martinez was transported to University of California, Irvine Medical Center in Orange, and succumbed to the stab wound shortly thereafter. Ocampo was arrested later that night by APD. Senior Deputy District Attorney Howard Gundy of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.