SACRAMENTO, CA – Parole officials in California have announced the pending release of former Mexican Mafia gang leader Rene “Boxer” Enriquez.
The release comes after his alleged cooperation with law enforcement officials in other criminal investigations.
California parole officials have approved the release of Rene "Boxer" Enriquez, a notorious former Mexican Mafia prison gang leader who has been cooperating with law enforcement for nearly 20 years. https://t.co/BgHqqRpESj
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) July 20, 2022
Enriquez’s criminal career started in his late teens when he was first arrested for several armed robberies. Enriquez would go on to commit rapes, and drug sales, and be convicted of two murders which left him a sentence of life in prison.
Despite his criminal history, local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies have rushed to his aide requesting that he be paroled for his part in multiple criminal investigations.
Enriquez has been credited by law enforcement for stopping a murder-for-hire plot, providing information that helped them figure out the inner workings of violent gangs in the state prison system, and enabling them to get convictions and lengthy prison sentences for drug dealers.
However, despite the many years that Enriquez has been up for parole, every governor who was in office at the time denied the request.
Not necessarily because he is a convicted murderer with a violent past, but because they believed that he was in danger by those he has helped be sentenced to prison for their criminal offenses, something that his attorney, Laura Sheppard, said they cannot do.
“They can’t deny him parole based on, ‘He might be in danger.’ That’s kind of his risk to take.”
Law enforcement officials do not believe there is any risk that Enriquez will return to his violent criminal past and are hoping that he is right, that the gang members will not exact revenge on him when he is freed.
“With his [Enriquez] knowledge of the mafia, it’s his belief that if he stays out of their way…that he’ll be fine. He doesn’t believe they’re going to chase him down like you see in the movies, hunt him throughout the world.”
Ex-Mexican Mafia Killer Rene ‘Boxer' Enriquez Approved for Parole in California https://t.co/9YEGFFbtrp
— NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA) July 19, 2022
When asked why Enriquez has changed teams from criminals to that of law enforcement, she said that is how he believes he is making amends to those that he has victimized over his lifetime. She said:
“It’s how he makes amends. He’s probably prevented more crimes than he was ever involved in.”
While Sheppard and some members of law enforcement believe that Enriquez has changed his ways, others, like the parents of Cynthia Gavaldon, who he ordered killed in 1989, feel otherwise.
Gavaldon’s father, Raymond Figueroa, called Enriquez a “monster” who “has nothing to offer.” He said:
“All he ever has known and touched has died.”
Enriquez ordered Gavaldon killed because he suspected she had been stealing drugs from him, something that her son, who has not been named, believes he can never atone for:
“Nothing can make up for that, regardless of any other people he’s put away or things he’s offered to law enforcement. Nothing can repay what he’s done.”
Gavaldon was a 27-year-old mother of two when Enriquez ordered she be killed on Christmas Eve in 1989. Her lifeless body was found in a vacant lot in Boyle Heights.
Enriquez would later admit to the parole board that he was the one who ordered her to be killed.
Enriquez’s second murder conviction came shortly after Gavaldon’s body was found.
Enriquez admitted that he and another member of his gang had intentionally overdosed David Gallegos who was a fellow gang member.
They did so because they considered him a coward for supposedly running from some type of fight.
Two consecutive governors previously blocked parole for Rene “Boxer” Enriquez. https://t.co/gCA0rIA6In
— The Press Democrat (@NorthBayNews) July 20, 2022
After they overdosed Gallegos, they sat him up in a car and drove past another member of the gang to show that they were taking care of the coward.
They drove his body Gallegos away and Enriquez later shot him in the head even though he was believed to be dead already.
Officers fatally shoot murderer who was out on parole, threatened cops with knife then barricaded himself in a motel room
AURORA, CO – According to reports, the Aurora Police Department (APD) confirmed that a 51-year-old man who was on parole and who barricaded himself at the Ranger Motel on Colfax Avenue, was fatally shot by police after he threatened officers with a knife.
The Aurora Fire Department was called to a fire in room 47 at the motel and when firefighters arrived, they reported that they were confronted by a man with a knife.
Police said that the man fled to room 49 where the person occupying that room got away and so the man then barricaded himself in the room while police and SWAT attempted to negotiate with him. During negotiations a standoff ensued and at least two officers shot 40mm sponge rounds before the suspect threatened offices with a knife.
At that point, three officers fired at the suspect, killing him. Aurora Fire Rescue and other medics on the scene administered first aid. The suspect was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Authorities confirmed that multiple knives were recovered at the scene after the incident. Firefighters were able to get the fire under control and no people or pets were injured; the building was evacuated.
APD stated that the suspect was convicted of murder in 2005 and was sentenced to 28 years in prison, however, he was on parole at the time of the incident. The identity of the man is not being released until his next of kin is notified of the death.
In a separate incident, the Englewood Police Department (EPD) confirmed that a a 21-year-old man was fatally shot and one suspect is in custody.
On Monday night, July 4th, at approximately 10:40 p.m., police arrived at a home in the 3600 block of South Sherman Street after someone reported that a man had been shot.
Upon arrival, officers found the victim, identified as Kane Nathaniel Andres Acosta Woods, with a gunshot wound to the upper body. Officers administered first aid until Denver medics arrived. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Officers located and arrested 37-year-old Cordia Blash for the deadly shooting. Blash was booked into the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Detention Facility first-degree murder and other charges.
In another incident, a man who is wanted for the attempted murder of is ex-girlfriend in Colorado, has been taken into custody by police in New Mexico.
According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO), 46-year-old Yosmy Lorenz Martinez fled the scene after allegedly stabbing his ex-girlfriend multiple times. He was found in New Mexico and is currently in custody at a detention facility in Colfax County, New Mexico. He is awaiting extradition to Colorado.
On July 3rd, witnesses reported that a woman had come from a trail and ended up in the parking lot off Waterton Road by the Denver Audubon Nature Center, covered in blood and asking for help.
The woman reportedly told authorities that Martinez confronted her after she got off work at her job around 7 p.m. and told her to get in his car. He drove them to a trail, walked for a few minutes then pulled a knife out and stabbed her multiple times.
As of this writing, she is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Martinez is facing charges of attempted first-degree murder.
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