Gang members charged for Chula Vista murder, Sunset Cliffs shooting

Posted at 4:25 PM, May 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-07 22:55:04-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Authorities confirmed Monday that a deadly shooting in Chula Vista and a second shooting at Sunset Cliffs in April are related.

Police say three people, Britney Canal known as "Giggles", 29, Cesar Alvarado, known as "Capone", 39, and Michael Pedraza, known as "Monster", 27, have been charged and are being held without bail for the deadly crime spree.

According to a prosecutor, the murder charges with special circumstances may lead to the death penalty. 

To illustrate the callous nature of the suspects, the District Attorney said the three celebrated after killing a man in Chula Vista. 

Chula Vista Shooting

According to investigators, the suspects pulled up next to a driver, later identified as 59-year-old Mario Serhan, before killing him. Police say the suspects thought Serhan was an undercover officer. 

Witnesses found Serhan slumped over the steering wheel of his vehicle with an apparent gunshot wound to the head on April 11.

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Witnesses say the vehicle Serhan was in was coasting through the intersection of Industrial Boulevard and L Street before it crashed into a self-storage facility.

Sunset Cliffs Shooting

Authorities said a 19-year-old kidnapping victim was in the back seat of the suspects' vehicle at the time of the Chula Vista shooting.

The suspects drove her to Sunset Cliffs and shot her three times before leaving her at the scene, officials said. 

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A passerby found the young woman and contacted police. The woman was taken to UC San Diego Medical Center with critical injuries.

A GoFundMe has been set up to raise money for the 19-year-old’s medical bills.  

Suspects Arrested

Police said that the three suspects were arrested on April 13 after a stabbing, shooting and chase near El Toyon Park in National City. 

Officers had been looking for the chase vehicle after a call regarding a stabbing and shooting in the park on April 12.

Anyone with information on the crime spree is asked to call the Chula Vista Police Department at 619-691-5151.