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A young man said to be a “documented” member of the “Esco Boys gang” was sentenced to 40 months custody today. The judge recommended “fire camp.”

Alexander Pedro Cueva, 21, pleaded guilty to felony evade officer with reckless driving last month. Escondido police reported that a gang of youths were threatening a boy with bricks and sticks and bats and a knife, the night of May 28 2012. The boy’s mother pulled her son into their apartment about the same time police arrived, according to investigators, and then some of the aggressors escaped in a car driven by Alexander Pedro Cueva.

The silver Infinity car, reportedly registered to Cueva, “failed to yield and led police on a high speed pursuit,” according to documents found in court files. The chase ended when Cueva’s car crashed in a residential front yard; driver Cueva fled on foot but was later captured, police reported.

Alexander Pedro Cueva was first noticed by authorities when he drove off with somebody’s golf cart in 2004, he was 13 years old then. In the next couple years he robbed somebody of his cigarettes at a Mexican food restaurant, and vandalized a high school bathroom, and made a “beer run” in which he stole a 20 pack of beer from a 7-Eleven store, according to court documents. Before he was 18, Cueva picked fights with other boys and employees at a “group home” for juvenile delinquents, in separate incidents.

As an adult, Cueva has been charged with attempted robbery using a weapon, burglary, assault, dissuade witness by force, DUI, unlicensed driver, and assault with a deadly weapon.

Court paperwork states Alexander Pedro Cueva’s gang moniker is “Keepster.” He is said to have “CUEVA” tatto'd on his left forearm.

When the alleged victims, the boy and his mother, were contacted regarding court dates, they reportedly declined to attend any hearings and stated they were “fearful of retaliation” and “did not wish to pursue criminal charges against any of the defendants.”

Honorable Daniel Goldstein pronounced sentence today, September 27, in San Diego's North County Superior Court.

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SurfPuppy619 Sept. 28, 2012 @ 10:05 p.m.

As an adult, Cueva has been charged with attempted robbery using a weapon, burglary, assault, dissuade witness by force, DUI, unlicensed driver, and assault with a deadly weapon.

He is going to be a 3 strikes guy.

And how did HE get recommended for fire camp?? The most sought after gig in the penal institutions.....it's really like camp.


Visduh Sept. 29, 2012 @ 7:30 p.m.

Haven't you heard? The prisons are "overcrowded" and have to be trimmed in population. So, one way to avoid that is to keep the bad boys/girls in county custody or some other place. This fire camp sounds just like that. Maybe some hard work and a requirement to keep his mouth shut will get him on the right track. But don't bet on that, not at all.


SurfPuppy619 Sept. 29, 2012 @ 10:40 p.m.

Fire Camp IS the club fed of state pens. County jail is actualy the worst. What I do not understand is Fire Camp is usually for non violent offenders-like drugs. This was a crime of violence and they usually don't allow those crimes the camp lock up.Fire Camp is what all the inmates want.


SurfPuppy619 Sept. 29, 2012 @ 10:41 p.m.

BTW Vis- thecounty jails are now over crowded, no room, sentences ending early. In LA you only do 5%-10% of the sentenced time. In Diego you're only doing 80%-90% and soon every county jail will be up tpo LA time ratios.


Visduh Sept. 30, 2012 @ 12:21 p.m.

Yes, moving the problem around didn't make it go away. But it did obscure the facts and hide the real difficulty.


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