Oceano murder suspect’s friend wore a wire

August 28, 2012

Armando Yepez

A Santa Maria gang member who has denied killing a teenager and wounding another during a drive-by shooting in Oceano, talked about the day of the murder with a friend who was wearing a wire. [SantaMariaTimes]

During a preliminary hearing on Monday, prosecutors spoke of an unnamed man who says he was in the car when Armando Yepez, 21, committed the random shooting last November. Yepez friend later agreed to wear a wire.

Yepez faces the possibility of life in prison if convicted of the murder of 17-year-old Gabriel Salgado, an Oceano resident with no gang ties, and a 14-year-old boy Yepes allegedly shot in the leg.

Throughout Monday’s hearing, prosecutors and a district attorney investigator detailed the day of the fatal shooting. Yepez, allegedly angry over an encounter with Nipomo gang members, shot randomly at a group of Oceano teenagers after failing to track down the Nipomo gang members.

The preliminary hearing in scheduled to continue today at San Luis Obispo Superior Court.




  1. MaryMalone says:

    There is actually quite a bit good that happens in Oceano. If you just consider the growers and packing houses alone, that is pretty danged good by itself.

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    • photocal says:

      Is that where the 24000 plants that were found in North County going to be processed ? It would have been good. !

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  2. MaryMalone says:

    I have a bad feeling about this “wearing-a-wire” business.

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    • photocal says:

      That little wire is the thing that kept Him ……out of a long time in the slammer !

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  3. abigchocoholic says:

    Fortunately, the friend felt guilty enough about what Armando did that he just couldn’t live with himself.

    Armando. on the other hand must have had meth addicts for parents or maybe his baby sitter dropped him on his head or maybe he’s just a despicable coward who deserves the death penalty.

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    • unlisted says:

      Armando (and his 18th street gang friends) make me question my long held opposition to the death penalty. They are far more like vicious animals then humans.

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  4. SLOTECH90 says:

    Question: What’s the difference between a bat s–t crazy Taliban Mullah and a Hispanic gang banger?

    ANSWER: Absolutely nothing; they both operate on pleistocene age tribal morality.

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    • MaryMalone says:

      Tribal morality is at the root of bigotry, too. Look in the mirror.

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  5. fhill123 says:

    With friends like that, who needs enemies?

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    • photocal says:

      Yep……………… Thats what friends are for. But.. as always…….. look out for number one. Bet that He was ratheer shakey wearing a wire. Does anything really good happen in Oceano ???

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