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Five Arrested in Connection with Shooting Murder of Apple Valley Man

Five Arrested in Connection with Shooting Murder of Apple Valley Man

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APPLE VALLEY – Five were arrested as a result of a shooting that killed a 21-year-old Apple Valley man on Wednesday evening.

At around 5:40 p.m. Johnny Octavio Lasoya Jr. went to his grandmother’s home in the 22300 block of Hurons Avenue during a family gathering to take her a gift. While in the front yard of the home, several people drove up to the home and made contact with Lasoya. A verbal altercation ensued and one of the suspects shot Lasoya in the upper torso. They left in two gray colored compact cars according to witness statements.
The investigation led authorities to suspects believed to be involved in the shooting. Anthony Espinoza, 23 of Victorville, Rae Espinoza, 19, of Victorville, Joseph Martinez, 20 of Victorville, Devin Ross, 18 of Phelan, and a 17-year-old male of Phelan were all arrested on Friday, April 28, 2017. The adults were booked into the High Desert Detention Center and the juvenile was booked into juvenile hall for murder.

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  • Bill Wisniewski

    we were planning to move up there…. please reassure us that the gangs are not out of control!

    • They are not, Bill. It is actually pretty peaceful up here. The gang activity is far less than LA County, parts of Orange County, or Riverside County.