Thursday, August 16, 2012

PIERRE 'BOO BOO' MERCADO: Asian Boyz gang leader convicted of multiple murders

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LOS ANGELES – One of the leaders of the notorious Asian Boyz gang who fled to the Philippines for a decade was convicted today of multiple murders and attempted murders during a crime spree in the 1990s, the District Attorney’s Office announced.

A jury deliberated 1 ½ days before finding Pierre Mercado, 38, guilty of four first-degree murders, five attempted premeditated murders and two aggravated kidnappings, said Deputy District Attorney Hoon Chun. Jurors also found true gun and gang allegations.

Mercado, aka “Boo Boo,” is the last member to be convicted of gang-motivated shootings between July 1995 and March 1996. He and his older brother, Marvin, fled to the Philippines for more than a decade before they were brought back to Los Angeles for trial in 2007. Marvin Mercado was convicted and sentenced in 2011 to multiple life terms for his conviction of eight gang murders.  Wait a minute, the guy has a nick name of "boo boo."  Are you kidding me?

Chun, who prosecuted the case with DDA Eugene Hanrahan, said the gang launched a killing spree in the mid ‘90s to instill fear in rival gang members. Pierre Mercado was convicted of the first-degree murders of Cheng Peng, Paul Vu and Ben Liao, who were mistaken for members of a Chinese-based gang and gunned down on Aug. 1, 1995, near the Temple City Boulevard off ramp off the San Bernardino (10) Freeway in El Monte.

Two attempted murder counts stem from a July 5, 1995, incident when Mercado shot at two Marines who were in an open-air Jeep returning to Camp Pendleton. The shooting occurred near LAX on the San Diego (405) Freeway.
On March 17, 1996, Mercado supplied the shotgun used by an accomplice to open fire on party goers on Sherman Way, killing Tony Nguyen and wounding another.

Mercado is facing life in prison when he returns Aug. 24 for sentencing before Judge Curtis Rappe.

In 1999 while the Mercado brothers were hiding out in the Philippines under assumed names, seven co-defendants were convicted and sentenced following a joint six-month trial.

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Hews, Economy Featured on The Tim Conway Jr. Show on KFI Los Cerritos Community Newspaper Publisher Brian Hews and Reporter Randy Economy were featured on KFI AM 640 on the Tim Conway Jr. Show on Thursday, October 17 to discuss the arrest of Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez, Property Tax Agent Ramin Salari and Assessor Major Property Appraiser Mark McNeil on dozens of felony charges. The segment was broadcast live to millions of listeners throughout the Western United States. LCCN will post additional interviews by Mr. Hews and Mr. Economy in the future.

WATCH: LCCN, Randy Economy featured on Fox News

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Los Cerritos Community Newspaper’s exclusive groundbreaking coverage into the corruption probe at the Los Angeles County Assessor’s Office is now the focal point of a multi part series that began airing Wednesday night on Fox News 11 in Southern California.

LCCN was the first media outlet to break the story about the massive criminal investigation that has now gripped the entire Los Angeles County Hall of Administration. “We thank Fox News for recognizing featuring Los Cerritos Community Newspaper in their coverage,” said Brian Hews, President and Publisher of Hews Media Group.

“LCCN has been working with dozens of media outlets across the country on this massive scandal for the past eight months,” Hews said.

Featured in this report is LCCN Investigative Reporter Randy Economy who tells about how the community newspaper was able to “piece the puzzle together” that has resulted in the arrest of one former property appraiser, and the recent departure of Assessor John Noguez on a “paid leave of absence.”

Look for more segments on Fox News 11 during the next several days and weeks. Reporter Gina Silva is featured in this segment.

Randy Economy appears on NBC News Non Stop California with Colleen Williams

Randy Economy appears on California Non Stop with Colleen Williams from NBC News. Randy Economy appeared on NBC New's Non Stop California in June, 2012. This is what NBC said about Randy and Los Cerritos Community Newspaper. "Los Cerritos Community Newspaper recently published hundreds of e-mails between Los Angeles County Assessor John R. Noguez and several property tax agents. The emails were obtained by the newspaper through a series of public document requests. This is the second set of documents published by the community newspaper that has been at the forefront of reporting and exposing the alleged pay to play activities between tax agents and Noguez for the past two years. Reporter Randy Economy joins Colleen Williams on Nonstop News LA to discuss how their investigation began on June 25, 2012.”

Hear Randy Economy on the David Cruz Show!

Reporter Randy Economy on The David Cruz Show during the week of June 25, 2012 on KTLK AM 1150 in Southern California. The segment begins at the 56:00 part in this clip and lasts for thirty minutes.

Randy Economy on CBS 2 News KCAL 9 with Investigative Reporter Dave Bryan

Los Cerritos Community Newspaper featured CBS News with Investigative Reporter Dave Bryan CBS/KCAL Investigative Reporter Dave Bryan interviews Randy Economy and Brian Hews from Los Cerritos Community Newspaper the day more than 300 law enforcement officials raided 12 different locations in the political scandal that is consuming Los Angeles County. Thanks CBS News for acknowledging the hard work of LCCN!