9 more suspected Aurora gang members hit with injunctions
By Dan Campana For Sun-Times Media January 31, 2014 10:33AM
Updated: March 3, 2014 5:12PM
A judge recently tagged nine more suspected street gang members from Aurora with restrictions as part of a 2012 lawsuit filed against the Latin Kings by the city.
The nine men — Daniel Salazar, Eric Awoza, Adan Elizondo, Juan Ortiz, Jorge Alanis III, Juan Alanis, Edwardo Elizondo, Osbaldo Moreno and Jimmy Torres — failed to answer the suit which alleges they participated in gang and various criminal activities, ranging from drug sales to murder.
A special prosecutor handling the lawsuit sought default judgements against the men, and Kane County Judge Joseph Grady formally entered the injunctions recently, records show.
The city filed the suit based on provisions of the Illinois Street Gang Terrorism Omnibus Act in an effort to stifle gang activity by placing certain restrictions on the 35 original defendants in the case. Grady previously upheld the suit after it defendants challenged it as being unconstitutional.
The group of nine, who join five other men previously found in default, are now subject to various restrictions intended to bar them from further gang activities, such as “throwing gang signs, shouting gang slogans” or associating with other gang members in public view, according to court documents. They also are restricted from being in an area bounded by Rural Street, New York, Ohio Street and Lincoln Avenue unless they live, work or have relatives within that territory, the injunction states.
A violation of the injunction could lead to criminal charges, as occurred with Gabriel Berrios. He was arrested in July on a misdemeanor count of unlawful street gang contact after police observed him with two documented gang members.
Berrios returns to court this coming week, which is also when the gang lawsuit is scheduled for a hearing.