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Posted on: March 21, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Arrest of Outstanding Suspect Made in Connection with December Gang Murder

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (March 21, 2022) – Franky Mejia Echeverria, an outstanding suspect wanted for the December 2021, murder of a 23-year-old Anaheim man has been arrested without incident.

On December 21, 2021, around 4:15 p.m. Anaheim police officers responded to the 2100 block of E. Balsam Avenue after reports of a drive-by shooting. Officers discovered David Gutierrez Hernandez, a father of two, suffering from at least one gunshot wound. Hernandez was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Over the course of the following two months, detectives investigated the case and identified 21-year-old Damien Rubalcava of Costa Mesa and 20-year-old Franky Mejia Echeverria of Anaheim as suspects. Rubalcava and Echeverria are both suspected gang members. Hernandez is not believed to be a gang member.

On March 3, 2022, investigators located and arrested Rubalcava in the 8100 block of 13th Street in Westminster without incident.

On March 18, at about 3:30 a.m., Echeverria was arrested without incident during a vehicle stop conducted by Orange County Sheriff Deputies in the area of Beach Boulevard and Ball Road in Anaheim. Echeverria has been booked into the Orange County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail.


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