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Older sister in Vista tries to help

But Snapchat friend doesn't fall for it

Christian Joel Sims pleads not-guilty to four felonies.
Christian Joel Sims pleads not-guilty to four felonies.

Three young men skateboarding in a Vista parking lot were robbed at gunpoint last February, according to testimony this week. One victim’s sister tried to get their belongings back through her Snapchat connections, according to her testimony in court July 30.

It was about 8 p.m. on a Saturday night, February 3, when a white Chevy Cruz pulled into a public parking lot and stopped near the young men. Two men got out of their car and acted friendly, making conversation with the skateboarders, one man even shared his Snapchat account with one of them.

Prosecutor Melissa O’Campo characterized this as “exchanging handles.” The online name of the friendly stranger was identified as Llama Me Taco.

But then each stranger pulled out a handgun, they both fired shots into the air and demanded the belongings of the younger men, according to testimony. The strangers took the jackets and wallets from the three youths, got back into their car, and drove away. One of the robbery victims immediately checked and found that he was already “unfollowed” by his new Snapchat-friend-robber, according to that alleged-victim’s testimony.

One victim phoned his “much older” sister and the 27-year-old woman drove to the parking lot and picked up the robbery victims. She heard their story, and she looked into Snapchat and found that someone using the Llama Me Taco name had direct-messaged her in past. That same Snapchat account used the name Christian Joel, according to the pretty Latina, who testified in court.

The social-media-savvy woman found that same person had Instagram and Facebook pages connected to his names, she testified. The Latina said she contacted that person and told him she wanted to meet and “I said it’s important.” He offered to meet her at Fireside Park in Oceanside, California, she said.

She explained in court that she hoped, “Maybe I can go get my brother’s stuff back.”

The Latina said she saw a white Chevy Cruz parked at Fireside Park, and she walked away from her brother and his friends still in her parked car, to approach the persons in the Chevy. She said the windows of her sedan are tinted and it was not possible to see into her car that night, a little before 9 p.m.

“I just walked out of my car and walked toward their car and said, "Hey can you just get out of your car to talk to me,” she testified.

But the man known as Lama Me Taco or Christian Joel was not persuaded to step out of his car. The big sister identified defendant Christian Joel Sims, seated in court, as the same man whom she spoke to that night. That man spoke to the driver, and the car pulled away and they stopped next to her car, and one man pointed his handgun toward her car, then pointed that gun skyward and fired shots into the air, before they drove away.

Oceanside police soon arrived. The big sister and her brother were each able to choose Christian Joel Sims from a photo lineup, identifying him as one of the persons who had fired a gun that night, according to testimonies.

Christian Joel Sims pleads not-guilty to four felonies, including robberies and negligent discharge of firearm. He is held in lieu of $200,000 bail and is next expected in court August 13 to set a date for trial.

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Christian Joel Sims pleads not-guilty to four felonies.
Christian Joel Sims pleads not-guilty to four felonies.

Three young men skateboarding in a Vista parking lot were robbed at gunpoint last February, according to testimony this week. One victim’s sister tried to get their belongings back through her Snapchat connections, according to her testimony in court July 30.

It was about 8 p.m. on a Saturday night, February 3, when a white Chevy Cruz pulled into a public parking lot and stopped near the young men. Two men got out of their car and acted friendly, making conversation with the skateboarders, one man even shared his Snapchat account with one of them.

Prosecutor Melissa O’Campo characterized this as “exchanging handles.” The online name of the friendly stranger was identified as Llama Me Taco.

But then each stranger pulled out a handgun, they both fired shots into the air and demanded the belongings of the younger men, according to testimony. The strangers took the jackets and wallets from the three youths, got back into their car, and drove away. One of the robbery victims immediately checked and found that he was already “unfollowed” by his new Snapchat-friend-robber, according to that alleged-victim’s testimony.

One victim phoned his “much older” sister and the 27-year-old woman drove to the parking lot and picked up the robbery victims. She heard their story, and she looked into Snapchat and found that someone using the Llama Me Taco name had direct-messaged her in past. That same Snapchat account used the name Christian Joel, according to the pretty Latina, who testified in court.

The social-media-savvy woman found that same person had Instagram and Facebook pages connected to his names, she testified. The Latina said she contacted that person and told him she wanted to meet and “I said it’s important.” He offered to meet her at Fireside Park in Oceanside, California, she said.

She explained in court that she hoped, “Maybe I can go get my brother’s stuff back.”

The Latina said she saw a white Chevy Cruz parked at Fireside Park, and she walked away from her brother and his friends still in her parked car, to approach the persons in the Chevy. She said the windows of her sedan are tinted and it was not possible to see into her car that night, a little before 9 p.m.

“I just walked out of my car and walked toward their car and said, "Hey can you just get out of your car to talk to me,” she testified.

But the man known as Lama Me Taco or Christian Joel was not persuaded to step out of his car. The big sister identified defendant Christian Joel Sims, seated in court, as the same man whom she spoke to that night. That man spoke to the driver, and the car pulled away and they stopped next to her car, and one man pointed his handgun toward her car, then pointed that gun skyward and fired shots into the air, before they drove away.

Oceanside police soon arrived. The big sister and her brother were each able to choose Christian Joel Sims from a photo lineup, identifying him as one of the persons who had fired a gun that night, according to testimonies.

Christian Joel Sims pleads not-guilty to four felonies, including robberies and negligent discharge of firearm. He is held in lieu of $200,000 bail and is next expected in court August 13 to set a date for trial.

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Prosecutor Melissa O'Campo asserted in court that the driver of the Chevy Cruz already made a plea deal.

July 31, 2018

TRUST NO ONE

July 31, 2018

Are you really referring to her as "the Latina?"

July 31, 2018

right? I about let my oatmeal roll out my mouth.

Aug. 1, 2018

She was most foolish to contact armed robbers who had "fired shots into the air." Dudes who would do that, if they actually did it, are not to be messed with. The appropriate step would have been to call the cops, ASAP, but they didn't. Wonder why? Then when she manages to meet up face to face, one of them "fired shots into the air" again.

Does some part of this story not sound right to you? I have doubts. But it does appear that Sims is a dangerous character, and if found guilty will need a lengthy prison sentence to keep him away from society for a long, long time.

July 31, 2018

Maybe she wasn't scared cause they popped off 2 shots in the air. If they was killers then they wouldn't have shot at all... you wouldn't know that tho. Not everyone comes from a protected back ground where a .22 scares them... LOL chump.

Aug. 1, 2018

Just another black man going to prison. But he was such a good boy! I am sure that it is not his fault that he chose to commit crime.

Aug. 1, 2018

you just referred to a black man as a boy. I outta slap the shit outta you.

Aug. 1, 2018

No I referred to what mothers always say about their worthless dirt bag criminal adult male children which is always "but he was such a good boy" regardless of race.

Aug. 2, 2018

sure dude

Aug. 2, 2018

Hey Eva, can you not call the woman in question "the Latina"... like how does a Lib like yourself not know this shit?

Aug. 1, 2018

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