Men charged in C’bad gang slaying

CARLSBAD — Two men arrested in the fatal shooting of a young man in Carlsbad were arraigned April 8 on charges relating to the crime.
Javier Lopez, 19, is charged with the murder of 21-year-old Juan Carlos Balderas of Encinitas. Twenty-six-year-old Jose Barraza is being held on a probation violation stemming from having a picture of the murder weapon on his cell phone.
Another man, Victor Lopez, was also arrested along with Barraza on April 6. He is being held on a parole hold but has not been charged in the murder case. Police believe the shooting was gang-related and that the four men had gone to Carlsbad to fight a rival gang.
Because of the ongoing investigation, Deputy District Attorney Geoff Allard said he couldn’t comment about the specifics of the case.
Balderas’ body was found around 8:30 p.m. April 4 near Pine Park at Chestnut Avenue and Madison Street.
Supporters of Barraza who attended the brief hearing said he’d been working hard over the last two years to get his life back on track after spending time in prison on a 2005 grand theft auto conviction out of San Diego. Despite being a documented gang member, his friends said he was no longer affiliated with a criminal street gang.
“He’s changed a lot,” said Helen Cuevas, a lifelong friend. “He’s a good man, there’s no reason he should have to go through this.”
Barraza remains in custody on $1 million bail, while Javier Lopez is in custody in lieu $5 million bail.
Preliminary hearings for both men are scheduled for April 22.


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  1. anonymous says:

    If the Encinitas Sheriff (San Diego County Sheriff)

    had put an end to all the illegals who promote fear and intimidation in order to continue their human trafficking and theft, 10-15 years ago, the kids of the illegals–now presumably US Citizens– would not be killing each other and threatening the rest of us.

    The parents of these gang members taught them how to behave and continue to promote this behavior. This is an insidious attitude that has poisoned our lazy US society on every level.

    No one in Encinitas appears to have the courage to face the problems that are multiplying exponentially.

  2. Encinitas 4 Life! says:

    The Sheriff’s Department doesn’t enforce immigration laws. They enforce state laws not federal.

  3. borderraven says:

    You need to contact San Diego Minutemen SDMM, and tell them what the trouble is. Make a video or take photos, if you can. Go to city council meetings. However, you will need to get out on the streets with SDMM. Don’t worry, you won’t be breaking laws, if you follow their plan. Just buy a USA flag and stand with the SDMM. Bring a video camera and a digital recorder. Make a sign or borrow their’s. We the citizens of the USA can fix our nation or let go down the drain. If you won’t help our nation, I can’t do it all myself.

  4. borderraven says:

    County Sheriff, can enforce any law under the US Constitution. Basically, all cops are volunteers, selected to perform a duty, and swear an oath to uphold the state and federal constitutions. Also consider that all 50 US states would be sovereign nations, if not united under the US Constitution, and responsible for immigration. Now Congress can regulate immigration, but enforcement is the duty of local, county and federal governments, under 9th and 10th Amendments. A bit of trivia on the CHP. California State Police and the CHP merged in December 1995. This did not let CHP off from enforcing immigration. The people didn’t pass California Border Police, because the CHP can do the same job. Just fund and build the CHP into a functional force. Why have two departments cooperating or fighting for turf, when one department is more efficient?

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