– On Wednesday, July
8, 2009, following an intense five-month long
investigation, Daly City Police successfully apprehended
two suspected gang members and are seeking a third,
responsible for the brazen February 19, 2009 triple-shooting
homicide that occurred during rush hour traffic
on John Daly Blvd. near the entrance to the Daly
City BART station. Daly City Police homicide investigators
obtained no-bail murder arrest warrants for 28-year-old
Danilo Velasquez, 18-year-old Luis Herrera, and
20-year-old Jaime Balam, all undocumented immigrants
and validated members of the notorious Mara Salvatrucha
(MS-13) criminal street gang.
the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 8,
a multi-law enforcement agency task force comprised
of Daly City Police detectives, members of the
San Francisco Police Department’s Gang
Task Force, Ingleside Station Street Crimes
Unit, and SWAT teams, and agents from Immigrations
and Customs Enforcement (ICE), executed simultaneous
search warrants at three locations in San Francisco’s
Hunters Point and Outer Mission districts. Velasquez
was apprehended during the raid without incident.
Herrera was arrested on the murder warrant at
the San Francisco County Jail where he had been
incarcerated on unrelated charges. Balam is
currently outstanding; he was deported to his
native Mexico on February 25 prior to being
identified as one of the shooters in this homicide.
Detectives believe he is currently in Mexico,
however, since he has been deported twice previously,
the possibility exists that he may have re-entered
the United States.
the evening of February 19, 21-year-old Moises
Frias and three male friends were stopped in
commute traffic on John Daly Blvd. near the
Daly City BART Station when two gunmen driving
a Honda-style vehicle stopped in traffic behind
them. The suspects exited their vehicle and
fired multiple gunshots into Frias’ vehicle
at point-blank range. Frias was pronounced dead
at nearby Seton Medical Center. Two of the other
three passengers, suffering multiple gunshot
wounds, survived the attack. The suspects’
vehicle was last seen fleeing onto northbound
investigation revealed that neither Frias nor
his friends are associated with gangs, drugs,
or involved in any criminal activity whatsoever.
Investigators ruled out any evidence of road
rage or similar motivation for the vicious attack.
Detectives believe that the completely innocent
young men were the target of mistaken identity
by members of the MS-13 gang.
City Police credit breaking the complex case
through the combined dedication and tenacity
of all the members of the multi-law enforcement
agency task force, as well as the cooperation
and assistance from the news media and citizens
in our community. Velasquez and Herrera have
been charged with first degree murder with special
circumstances, three counts of attempted first
degree murder, along with several enhancements
for participating in a criminal street gang
and firearms offenses. Balam is being sought.