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Police Arrest Pair of Gang Members for Sexual Battery

52-Year-Old Female Victim Was Walking down Voluntario Street


Friday, November 22, 2013
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Jose Angel Moran
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Jose Angel Moran

Edgar Jesus Rojas
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Edgar Jesus Rojas

The Santa Barbara Police Department arrested two gang members Wednesday night after one of them allegedly tried to grope a woman walking down the street while the other man prevented her from getting away, according to SBPD spokesperson Riley Harwood. Edgar Rojas, 18, and Jose Moran, 19, were both arrested for felony sexual battery and booked into Santa Barbara County Jail at $25,000 each. Rojas was also charged with resisting or delaying an officer, and Moran with carrying a concealed dirk or dagger and possessing a vandalism tool.

According to Harwood, the 52-year-old female victim was walking down the 300 block of South Voluntario Street after getting off a bus when the two men began to catcall her. Rojas then allegedly groped her while Moran blocked her movement. Rojas tried to grope her again, making lewd comments, when the men stopped, thinking they were being watched.

Shortly thereafter, police responded to a report of sexual battery on that same block and found the two men by a nearby apartment building. Rojas resisted arrest and tried to run away, Harwood said, so police tasered him. Officers found a concealed screwdriver on Moran, who said he was carrying it to defend himself against rival gang members. Moran was also found with an aerosol paint nozzle, which Harwood said is often used to spray graffiti.

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So, is this a "gang crime" and are they gang "members" by any definition except in the fearmongering spin of the police chief?

Similiar assault crimes unfortunately happen every weekend in the lower State Street Drunk Zone. Why, then, does not the Indy report those crimes and arrests?

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
November 22, 2013 at 6:15 p.m. (Suggest removal)

J A you should know by now that if the alleged perpetrators are Latino and under thirty that according to the SBPD they must be in a gang.

Herschel_Greenspan (anonymous profile)
November 22, 2013 at 6:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

As much as everyone hates gangs, and their members, there is more of a chance that these two will receive real justice from gang members than from the DA of this county.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
November 22, 2013 at 8:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Who would have thought that the uber liberal, multicultural, stick up for the underdog, Independent would be a tool for the fascist police authority ? Now I'm really confused..!!

yendopostal (anonymous profile)
November 22, 2013 at 8:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Similiar assault crimes unfortunately happen every weekend in the lower State Street Drunk Zone. Why, then, does not the Indy report those crimes and arrests?

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
November 22, 2013 at 6:15 p.m.

Because The Independent is in bed with the alcohol industry and the college booze culture.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
November 22, 2013 at 9 p.m. (Suggest removal)

That poor woman being groped by those Hispanic scumbags....
She probably went home and burned her clothes and took a
bath in bleach.
Imagine if it had been your wife, mother, daughter or girlfriend.....
then you might think different.

zuma7 (anonymous profile)
November 23, 2013 at 10:21 a.m. (Suggest removal)

You know when a man speaks out in defense of perverts, check yourself, because you are not a man because there are men that would have sex with you just for the way you think, and they are not gay... wonder where that is?

contactjohn (anonymous profile)
November 23, 2013 at 11:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Zuma: Since you've made this a racial thing I'm wondering if the "bleach" comment isn't some Freudian slip since bleach turns things white/White?

I assure you, sexual assault is a brain disorder that strikes at random, not something one race is more predisposed to than another.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
November 24, 2013 at 3:34 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Well Bill, they are who they are...
so they deserve a few more chances to
clean up their act right? Maybe next time they
will grope your loved one. Good luck.

zuma7 (anonymous profile)
November 24, 2013 at 8:59 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Wow, not only racist, but condones and wishes for sexual abuse to happen. Maybe someone should save us from you.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
November 24, 2013 at 9:48 a.m. (Suggest removal)

@ contactJohn- I don't get it? Are you talking about prison, or the middle east? Who is defending perverts? Please clarify.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
November 24, 2013 at 9:50 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Zuma, perhaps Clausen not have any loved ones. We have no loved ones, we hate all people equally.

“For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much—the wheel, New York, wars and so on—whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons.”

― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

AZ2SB, (assuming that is your actual name) Zuma is a very angrey boy today.

dolphinpod14 (anonymous profile)
November 25, 2013 at 3:03 a.m. (Suggest removal)

dolphin! though you aren't one of us, the most superior mammalian species, ahem! still, please refrain from calling my fellow-species member Zuma7 "boy", however "angrey" [sic] he is today.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
November 25, 2013 at 6:12 a.m. (Suggest removal)

So let's see here:

1) They are gang members.
2) They did sexually assault a woman.
3) 1 tried to resist arrest and flee.
4) 1 was carrying a weapon.
5) 1 was carrying vandalism tools.
6) They only got $25,000 bail.
7) These guys are more than likely already in the system.
8) They'll be out soon to do it all over again.

So the ONLY thing you guys are having a hissy fit about is that they're Latino? Ship of idiots!
Here, let me appease Johnny A & Herschel: They're good boys, they don't do nothing wrong!
Well Jose and Edgar, I hope you boys make your mamasitas proud! Dang! Where's the Drax w/ his comment for these guys. Then, and ONLY then is it official!

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
November 25, 2013 at 12:25 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Dang! Where's the Drax w/ his comment for these guys. Then, and ONLY then is it official!

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
November 25, 2013 at 12:25 p.m

Sadly dreck-sore died on a camping trip in a tragic incident involving a Marborg outhouse. While sitting on the throne reading a copy of The Santa Barbara News-Press, he fell in and was never heard from again. Considering what he was reading, it serves him right, or maybe he had run out of toilet paper, I don't know.

dolphinpod14 (anonymous profile)
November 26, 2013 at 12:39 a.m. (Suggest removal)

This is dedicated to Johnny V. "Clyde" Draxor.

"There once was a man named Clyde, who fell into a toilet and died.
His heartbroken brother, fell into another, and now they're interred side by side."

dolphinpod14 (anonymous profile)
November 26, 2013 at 12:43 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Thank you dolphinpod, it is with great sadness that I continue my day. The Drax was the ever-so-eloquent descriptor of what is to come for these vermin known as gang members. He will be sadly missed by us. My sincerest condolences.

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
November 26, 2013 at 10:18 a.m. (Suggest removal)

We WILL survive this tragedy blah, I'm sure the chemicals in the toilet have dissolved the body. May he rest in pieces.

dolphinpod14 (anonymous profile)
November 26, 2013 at 3:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Chemicals in the toilet? All those have is water (2 hydrogens, 1 oxygen, thus H2O, albeit a chemical compound). Now if you're talking a Porta Potty, WHOA NELLY! Chemicals galore!

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
November 26, 2013 at 5:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Yes, I am talking about a Porta Potty, Draxor fell into a Porta Potty while sitting and reading the weekend edition of the Santa Barbara News-Press, got upset at an article he was reading in the "Parade" section about Kim Kardashian, started jumping up and down, and fell into the Porta Potty and was dissolved by the chemicals.

dolphinpod14 (anonymous profile)
November 26, 2013 at 7:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

My condolences to Dolpinpad and Blah, so sorry for your loss. I too will miss Draxor.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
November 26, 2013 at 9:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Hey Clausen, it isn't "DolphinpAd" it is "DolphinpOD". You may be confusing us with IPads and Ipods.

dolphinpod14 (anonymous profile)
November 27, 2013 at 6:18 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Dolphins are made by Apple? I thought they were a football team?

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
November 27, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. (Suggest removal)

DrDaN: You make me a sad boy when you criticize me.

dolphinpod14 (anonymous profile)
November 28, 2013 at 5:56 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I don't know what is crazier, this story or this blog.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
November 30, 2013 at 11:43 p.m. (Suggest removal)

AZ: When you say "crazier" by what system of comparison do you mean? Do you mean that being crazy is a departure from an inherent absolute norm, or from an arbitrary norm of society, such as grading on a curve?

dolphinpod14 (anonymous profile)
December 1, 2013 at 12:49 a.m. (Suggest removal)

How about doing the same thing every time expecting a different result? Or better yet, a complete departure from reality? Crazy enough for you?

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
December 2, 2013 at 3:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Blah: That's the point, they do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result. That's why we're in this mess.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
December 2, 2013 at 4:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Mr, blah, I have some good news for you. I found out that Draxor was a Hindu, and since Hindus believe in reincarnation, he will soon be reincarnated and probably be back on the blogs by Christmastime.

The following is a video of his funeral, conducted by the huckster Elizabeth Claire Prophet. Listen to the first minute and you will get the gist.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTs7Vf...

dolphinpod14 (anonymous profile)
December 3, 2013 at 6:02 a.m. (Suggest removal)