MS 13 gang member Gabriel Orellana, 19 was arrested Thursday, for the Mach 25th beating of a transgender woman in MacArthur Park in Los Angles. According to Deputy Dist. Atty. Richard Ceballos, Orellana, and another suspect, yet to be identified, beat the transgender woman while shouting homophobic and transphobic slurs.
The transgender woman was transported to a local hospital where she received stitches.
Orellana was arrested by LAPD officers on suspicion of attempted robbery on March 20, just five days before the latest alleged assault, jail records show. But he was released after prosecutors rejected the case because the robbery victim was uncooperative, Ceballos said.
MacAurther Park has been the scene of a string of hate crimes against transgender women. MS 13 gang member Donoban Fonseca was charged with hate crimes for stabbing two trans-Latina women one of them on two separate occasions. The attacks which all took place in McArthur Park began in August, ended with the attempted murder of advocate Daniela Hernandez Gonzalez on October 4, 2020.
Javier Trimin-Rodriguez, 22, of Los Angeles, pleaded not guilty to one felony count each of attempted murder and extortion in connection with the Oct. 4 attack, according to the D.A.’s office.
The charges included allegations of a hate crime, use of a knife as a deadly and dangerous weapon, great bodily injury, and committing the crimes in association with a criminal street gang.
Co-defendant, Margarita Valencia, 23, of Castaic, previously pleaded not guilty to one felony count of extortion involving another transgender woman on or between June and August, as well as an allegation that the crime was committed in association with a criminal street gang.
Trimin-Rodriguez and Valencia were arrested on Wednesday, December 2, 2020.
Many of these attacks have been on homeless transgender refugees perpetrated by MS13 gang members the same gang that forced them to flee their countries to find asylum in the US.
But not always. No one is safe anywhere in LA as long as gangs are free to commit violence.
Laverne Cox was attacked in LA’s Griffin Park in November talks about the horrific experence.