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Brick Attack Leaves Man Comatose

Friday night brawl injures two others. A trio of suspects are arrested.

A San Clemente man remained in a coma Tuesday after being hit with bricks in a Friday brawl.

Three suspects -- Filiberto Thomas Cordova, 23, Francisco Javier Sanchez, 29, and Gilberto Velazquez, 29 -- have been charged with attempted murder and assault in the case. In addition, Velazquez and Sanchez face felony street terrorism charges for their alleged affiliation with the San Clemente-related Varrio Chico street gang, according to the Orange County District Attorney's office.

An Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman did not return messages seeking confirmation that the charges were related to Friday's assault, but the date and details in the D.A. complaint match up with the accounts of five witnesses interviewed by San Clemente Patch.

The brawl, which erupted around 11 p.m. near the corner of Avenida Rosa and Avenida Victoria, involved more than a dozen people, according to witnesses, police reports and fire officials.

Dan Jacobsen, one of the victims, got involved after hearing a commotion outside his apartment and running outside, where he saw his 19-year-old son and two friends arguing with several other men.

Suddenly, a white, two-door Chevy pickup sped to the stop sign at the end of Rosa from the direction of El Camino Real, and several men got out, he said.

Jacobsen, who pulled away some of the attackers and was injured in the process, said he dragged his son -- who had been knocked unconscious -- to the concrete stairs of their apartment, where a faint bloodstain remained Tuesday.

Jacobsen said it was then he saw the attackers descend en masse on the victim who is now comatose.

"They were beating on him," Jacobsen said. "[The man in the coma] got hit at least three times."

(Jacobsen asked that Patch withhold the names of the two younger victims for fear of reprisals.)

Jacobsen said Tuesday he had been in contact with relatives of the comatose man.

"They had to remove the top of his skull to relieve the pressure," he said.

After beating the comatose victim for a short time, the attackers dispersed, witnesses said--some in the white pickup, some on foot.

Neighbors who spoke to San Clemente Patch on Tuesday backed up Jacobsen's story.

"I don't know if I'd have had the courage to do what Dan did," said Larry Culbertson, who was looking out his window from across the street during the incident. "Of course, I might feel differently if it were my kid."

It was Culbertson's wife, Jaine, who made two of the three calls to 911 that night.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The video attached to this article was taken from a YouTube video forwarded by a reader. It has been edited by Patch for length and to remove some -- but not all -- offensive language.

Johnene Russell-Brown January 13, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Dan my heart goes out to you... I can't imagine how you kept your head together as well as you did, no Parent should have to go through what you did! I know you are a GR8 DAD so don't doubt yourself or your actons that night... Thank God you were at home, as bad as things got they could have been worse! I do agree with the comment about talking to someone and getting those feels out, hopefully the young men will do that as well! You are all in my thoughts and prayers! There are plenty of people ralling around you all!
Ellen Smith January 14, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Have you ever heard the term "if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen"? I got out of the 'kitchen' 10 yrs ago because I saw the writing on the wall. If people prefer to risk their lives, living in a war zone, then that's their choice. I'm sorry, but I honestly can't feel sorry for whites that are too stupid to see that they are living in a war zone, aka a race war. The mexicans that did this should be charged with a 'hate crime' as well as attempted murder. Any white person living in CA, in my opinion, is a total idiot. Mexicans make up the majority of the population in CA and CA is a santuary state, which means the mexicans get a lot of free handouts. That's why they love CA.
Ellen Smith January 14, 2012 at 09:52 PM
How could they have done this? You should know since you are one of them. Are you proud of your mexican heritage? You're not fooling anyone. You probably enjoying watching and listening to the cries of the victim. Get out of our country and go back to Mexico where you belong.
Kristy Lopez January 14, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Just to let u know I'm not Mexican I'm from another country Kkkk ....and of course I don't enjoy whatching the video...I'm Brazilian my last name is from my adopted parents but they r not Mexican eather....
BeachMomma January 15, 2012 at 05:42 AM
I've just heard a rumor that two white youths were shot tonight in retaliation. Does anyone know if this is true?!
CMiles January 15, 2012 at 07:18 AM
TRUE from Orange County Sheriff Blotter: Non-life threatening injuries. 1/14/2012 : pos10 : HACKSM] GANG RELATED INF WILL NOT GIVE A DESCRIPTION 1/14/2012 02:54:04 : pos10 : HACKSM] Cross streets: AVD VICTORIA / OLA VISTA NBH: 992J5 92672 33.4221519972954,-117.615614008114 2 MALES JUST SHOT OC FIRE ENROUTE 1/14/2012 11:37:30 : pos5 : JFRY] [Cleared with unit 174] [1/14/2012 11:12:03 : pos10 : HIXSONC] Cross streets: AVD SANTA BARBARA / AVD ROSA NBH: 992J5 92672 33.42253,-117.616205 931 REF TRK DAMAGED FROM SHOOTING THAT OCCURED LAST NIGHT
ms.sc. January 15, 2012 at 08:29 AM
Stop the hate and bigotry people! Some of these comments are juvenile and racist. You wonder why some of our youths form or join gangs, it is because of some of the small minds on this comment board. Shame! And you probably are one and the same to cry about World Peace, when you cannot even love your neighbor nor maybe even your own family. Look into the mirror, it is You that you can't love nor accept. I pity the hate in your hearts. There is no perfect race, creed nor religion. If you feel that way, you are the ones who should leave. You could have joined Jim Jones years ago and helped him with his sick, perverse, "perfect community". I feel sad for your hateful ignorance.
c January 15, 2012 at 03:26 PM
From what I understand the shooting was totally unrelated. It was a skinhead gang that shot a white guy. ?? It would be nice if we didn't have to get this information secondhand.
chico January 15, 2012 at 08:11 PM
We got skinhead gangs in san clemente also..if it was the other way around u guys wouldent give a damn...u guys want to help start from the schools....
chico January 15, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Skinheads shoot a white guy and u guys are like its ok it was white against white..haha
BeachMomma January 15, 2012 at 08:20 PM
All the gang activity-regardless of ethnicity needs to be eradicated from San Clemente. Criminal gangs come in all shapes and sizes. The White Supremacy gang is as bad as the Mexican gangs. Sounds like SC needs more help from the Sheriffs Gang Unit.
chico January 15, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Yes beachmomma i agree:)
Johnene Russell-Brown January 15, 2012 at 09:34 PM
So sad... you all need to wait and get your information from a reliable source before you start in on this one, Gang Affliation in any form is wrong... No one has a right to lay a hand on you in any way, and weapons are unacceptable! Lets teach our young ones this!
Johnene Russell-Brown January 15, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Agreed! Kinda sad this comment board got away from the original idea here, three young men and their attack. My prayers and thoughts go back to the root of this message board the young men who are now and forever irreversibly changed by the actions taken that evening.
c January 16, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Does anyone know any facts about the shooting? It seems we are still being given little to no information about what is going on in our community. Why is that?
Johnene Russell-Brown January 16, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Get your facts straight... the VICTIMS ARE NOT SKINHEADS or JEWS! Ignorance is no excuse for stupidity!
Johnene Russell-Brown January 16, 2012 at 03:03 AM
http://sanclemente.patch.com/articles/two-men-shot-by-suspected-gang-members hopefully this will help "C"
chico January 16, 2012 at 05:08 AM
Shooting was gamg members from san juan capistran..and yea they where mexicans trying to kill mexicans so i guess its ok to all u racist people..
Johnene Russell-Brown January 16, 2012 at 05:33 AM
Once again you have it wrong... It wasn't Gang members who got shot... It was two young men from San Clemente that are Not Hispanics... not Jews... you guessed it they are white, And once more Violence is not acceptable no matter your RACE! How sad that this is what you keep holding on to! STOP THE VIOLENCE! I miss the days when everyone was to tired from a long days work to do anything more than go surfing, eat some dinner and Lights out!
ms.sc. January 16, 2012 at 06:40 AM
Johnene, enter drugs and self-absorbed parents and you might have a starting point to the problem. Gone are the days of the "family dinner" where everyone ate together, talked about their day with each other and then did dishes and got ready for bed. Gone is the discipline also. Parents now face legal boundaries. Not always so fair to the best intentioned parents, the abusive ones ruin that. All I'm saying is parents need to watch their children like a "hawk" until they feel comfortable giving their children more liberties. These young gang members, or gang members period, never came from stable homes. There is always some form of love or communication lacking to provoke a child to seek attention elsewhere. Sad. Parents need to start paying genuine attention to their children and appreciate their children also. Having a child is a gift. Every child deserves to be loved. I bet if anyone in a gang was asked if they felt loved, appreciated and accepted by their family or community, the number would be close to zero. San Clemente and surrounding areas might well learn from some productive programs in Los Angeles. I just saw a program this past week on both male and female ex-gang members now making a positive difference with their culinary skills. There is Always Hope. God Bless the victims.
Earl P. Holt III January 16, 2012 at 07:23 PM
"Diversity is our strength..."
ms.sc. January 16, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Earl P. Holt 111, it also seems to be our down fall. with weak minded soals who will not be color blind. I don't understand the anger and what happened to the peaceful communities. Are people too busy and self-centered to really care about each other anymore? I say a silent, humble prayer.
Concerned parent January 16, 2012 at 10:20 PM
The shooting Jan 14th was Mexican gang members again attacking unarmed young white males.. The report that injuries were "minor "are false. One of the white guys was listed in critical condition at Mission Hospital with a gun shot to the back of his head. I think he's still hospitalized and expected to survive but by the grace of God. Both young men were shot in the head! And torso. This is insanity! The community needs to join together. Since this incident kids have been jumped and their homes broken into all by the local Mexican gangs. Why is the public not being warned? How many kids need to be hurt or killed? We need national attention. The local news doesn't even cover this type of crime. What are the kids who live in San Clemente suppose to do? Our police department know where these gang members live its a small town. Why don't they go raid the homes? Local cops are hard on all young white males, are they afraid of these Mexican gangs or what? Talk to your kids they are scared and in danger right now. We need this story fully exposed!!! Help San Clemente! Call your news channel. Call Fox News and your councilmen. Call OCSD and complain, power in numbers. Our youth are afraid to say anything due to retaliation. We need to help them.
BeachMomma January 17, 2012 at 01:24 AM
For all the concerned Citizens of SC-there is a council Meeting Tuesday night @6:00, Jan. 17. For all those that wish to voice their concerns can do so at the Public Comment portion. Please show up and support our City.
Johnene Russell-Brown January 17, 2012 at 03:26 AM
Well said... We absolutely need National Attention. Someone needs to be held accountable.These young men, " as well as young adults everywhere" need to see that there is someone who will stick up for them. Only then will they stop being afraid to ask for help! Until they do feel safe, I for one am willing to help be a voice.. until theirs is strong enough. However I can't do it alone, we all as STRONG LOVING PARENTS owe it to our kids to STEP UP and STAND UP for those who can't.
Rick January 17, 2012 at 04:10 AM
Every Mexican area is a slum. Every Black area is a slum. See the pattern? America was created by Whites and for Whites.
BeachMomma January 17, 2012 at 04:44 AM
The attitude of most of you people is astounding. Now wonder we have such violence among our minorities. American Indians were here long before the "whites". Education is free. Go to a library and read history. Become educated. Stop hating. Our country is made of immigrants. We need to get rid of the uneducated criminals.
Dulce Mota January 18, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Yes i agree excepct the gang unit just targets the shaved headed mexican and not the shaved headed white!! SMH!!!
Ben January 21, 2013 at 05:47 AM
You got your facts wrong parent. The innocent white guys are "skinheads" . They were armed with bats. So there goes your theory.
an american April 14, 2013 at 06:59 PM
ok everyone. Settle down. First of all the gang of san clemente actually have been around since the 70's. Second when you talk about these kids. (White kids) the day the kid got hit with a brick, him and 7 of his friends started the fight with the mexicans. The white kids (as you all call them are a gang themselves. Their so called sc boys. Now these sc boys went to the mexicans front driveway and started racist stuff to them. Now I don't condone the vilence but the mexicans which only one of them is actually a gangmember. 1 mexican against 7 white males? Well the mexican called his friends to help him out. Unfortunately someone got hurt. Now considering what happened these were two gangs fighting each other but in reality mexicans got the short end of the string for being mexican. Now you don't hear these words from someone who knows exactly what happened. Did anyone know that these sc boys ( who are white) have been picking on none mexican gangmembers in our city. So what everyone is saying is its ok for a white gang in sc but not a mexican gang. Wake up sc. Violence is created by anyone not just a one race. Their is a gang problem in sc but don't just blame the mexicans.


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