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Posted on: December 17, 2020

Arrests Made in Sahara Theatre Shooting

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (December 17, 2020) – The Anaheim Police Department has arrested three suspects in connection with the October 31, 2020 drive-by shooting at the Sahara Theatre which wounded multiple victims.

This morning, Anaheim Police Department Investigators arrested 34-year-old Edgar Nava-Ayala, 20-year-old Juan Jose Acosta-Soto and 22-year-old Daniel Ocampo Nava for the shooting. All four suspects are Anaheim residents.

The shooting erupted after the group was removed from the Sahara Theatre by security. A red Toyota Camry suspected to be driven by Juan Jose Acosta-Soto and occupied by both remaining suspects returned and drove past the location. Edgar Nava-Ayala is suspected to have indiscriminately fired multiple rounds from an AK-47 style rifle into the business, which was occupied by over 30 individuals at the time. Four victims inside the location suffered gunshot wounds ranging from minor to moderate in severity.

The suspected weapon used in the shooting was recovered during this morning’s police operation. All three suspects have been booked at the Anaheim Detention Facility for multiple counts of attempted-murder with a $500,000 bail set for each.

Edgar Nava AyalaJuan Jose Acosta SotoDaniel Ocampo Nava
Edgar Nava-Ayala
Juan Jose Acosta-Soto
Daniel Ocampo Nava

Sahara Theatre recovered rifle
Recovered Ak-47 style rifle

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