Mark McDermott

Man arrested in gang-related shooting

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Armando Joseph Tinajero

Armando Joseph Tinajero was arrested for attempted murder. Photo courtesy of the Redondo Beach Police Department

A member of the North Side Redondo gang was arrested Monday morning and charged with attempted murder in what police believe was a gang-related shooting.

The Redondo Beach Police Department received a report of a shooting that occurred at 4:30 p.m. Saturday on the 2400 block of Fisk Lane. According to police reports, a man on a bicycle was confronted by another man in a vehicle, who then pulled a handgun and fired a single shot that missed its intended victim and struck a nearby vehicle instead.

Torrance resident Armando Joseph Tinajero, 29, was arrested at 5 a.m. Monday as he left his home. A team of seven Redondo Beach Police Department detectives had been assigned to the investigation that culminated in the arrest.

Lt. Joe Hoffman, the head of the RBPD detective bureau, said that police have had numerous run-ins with Tinajero – who has “NSR” tattooed on his bald head – for the last decade. Most recently he served time for a weapons violation; he was just released on parole in October.

Hoffman said the case was heavily prioritized because of RBPD’s ongoing commitment to the eradication of gang violence in Redondo.

“We take this very seriously,” Hoffman said. “The last thing we want is anyone roaming the streets committing acts of violence like this that puts any citizen in harm’s way. That is our job. This is our bread and butter. We worked very hard making sure this person did get put in jail. This is actually very satisfying for myself and the detectives on this case, to take someone like this off the streets.”

Hoffman said that there were several eyewitnesses to the shooting, enabling detective to identify both the vehicle and the suspect involved. Word was sent to surrounding agencies and police fanned out across the South Bay in search of Tinajero. He was arrested without incident and taken to the RBPD jail, where a $1 million bond was set. His arraignment was scheduled for Jan. 6.

The RBPD was able to largely contain the gang violence that had become endemic to North Redondo in the 1990s after a series of concentrated suppression efforts, including an innovative gang injunction at Perry Park in 1996. Few gang related incidents have been reported to police over the past decade.

“Gang activity over the past 10 or 15 years has dropped from pretty substantial to the point where persons in Redondo Beach who claim gang affiliations are fairly difficult to come by,” Hoffman said. “That is because of the fact that the city just did not stand for it, and the police department did not stand for it. We are going to aggressively pursue gang members for any violence ,and here is a perfect example. This shows that we are not immune to gang crime…but we were able to come up with an arrest in very short order.” ER

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