Shelli DeRobertis 9:19 p.m., May 22
Trial is expected to begin Monday morning for a man accused of a gang murder in Carlsbad more than a year ago, the attack occurred March 25, 2011.
Witnesses reported hearing a man yell, “You’re in the wrong town, Carlos Malos!” just before another man was fatally stabbed in the stomach, about 10:40 that night. Both the attacker and his victim had reportedly been patrons at Hensley’s Flying Elephant Pub and were leaving through a parking lot at the time.
Devin Allen, 27, was declared dead from a single stab wound at 11:32 that night, after he was taken by helicopter to hospital.
Witnesses later chose Juan Alberto Rocha Jr. as a suspect from a photo lineup, according to police. Rocha was first identified by gang detectives who reviewed surveillance video from the bar.
Rocha is a “documented VCLS gang member” who “goes by the name of Buddy,” according to Carlsbad Police Detective Bryan Hargett. Vario Carlsbad Locos is a mostly male, Hispanic gang that has “been around for generations” according to Det. Hargett.
Rocha reportedly fled the scene that night, and was captured on a bus headed for Ohio by U.S. Marshals four days later. Testimony at a preliminary hearing suggested the fugitive was tracked by his cell phone usage.
Juan Alberto Rocha Jr., now 21, will be before Judge Runston Maino at 9 a.m. Monday July 23.