Sat. Dec 9th, 2023
Daniel Rubin Gallegos

Daniel Rubin Gallegos, 49, and Gustavo Nunez Jr., 34, both transients, were sentenced on Friday for the beating and fatal stabbing of Cesar Gamaliel Gonzalez, 39, near the entrance to Santiago Park. Gonzalez was stabbed six times and had numerous lacerations to his face.

Gustavo Nunez Jr.

A third transient, Lisa Marie Herrera, 43, is also charged with assault with a deadly weapon but will be tried at a later date.

Lisa Marie Herrera

The attack on Gonzalez happened on March 21, 2020, at a vacant dilapidated former bank building at 2525 N. Main St. in Santa Ana. That building should have been replaced by a luxury apartment complex but that project was blocked by NIMBYs in the adjacent Park Santiago Neighborhood.

Cesar Gamaliel Gonzalez

Gallegos, Nunez and Herrera were part of a group of transients who were squatting at the vacant building. The three of them were motivated to attack Gonzalez, who was also a squatter at that building, by false rumors that he had raped a girl.

When SAPD police officers arrived at the crime scene they found the wounded Gonzalez, who said his attackers had fled into the abandoned office building. He also told the police officers that, “I didn’t rape nobody,” according to the prosecutor.

Gallegos was convicted in July, 2021 of first-degree murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon, and was sentenced to 51 years to life in prison.

Nunez was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon and was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

The vacant building at 2525 N. Main St. was demolished a while ago. Now it is an unsanctioned skate park popular with local skateboarders. A developer is now trying to build townhomes on that site but the same NIMBYs who opposed the proposed luxury apartments are likewise up in arms over the proposed townhome development.

By Editor

The New Santa Ana blog has been covering news, events and politics in Santa Ana since 2009.

2 thoughts on “Two men convicted of killing a fellow transient at 2525 N. Main St. in Santa Ana”
  1. Year after year they block any sort of development because they think they are special. The last item they blocked was when the insurance building was torn down and the city wanted an elementary school on that site but the special nimbys objected to the children going by their neighborhood, enough is enough when will someone stand up to these people who think they own everything

    1. Amen! Most of them inherited their homes and are now themselves retired. They contribute almost no taxes to the city and county coffers but are always screaming for more services!

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