Louis Amela, 41, was shot and killed by Andrew Cachu during a robbery in Palmdale, California, in March 2015.
Authorities say that a reputed member of a gang and a killer who was sentenced to life in prison but was released decades early thanks to the assistance of Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon is now facing additional felony charges.
Fox News Digital reported at the time that Andrew Cachu was freed in November because Deputy District Attorney Alisa Blair, a close Gascon ally, declined to offer testimony at a hearing to determine whether he should stay in custody after growing out of the juvenile detention center at age 25.
Cachu was involved in a chase, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, on Wednesday night.
According to Lt. L. Arnold of Fox News Digital, when deputies arrived to deal with a reported person passed out in a car impeding traffic lanes, they found Cachu who was seemingly asleep and had a revolver in the vehicle.
With the assistance of LA DA George Gascon, Andrew Cachu, inset, was released six years into a 50-year murder sentence.
With the assistance of LA DA George Gascon, Andrew Cachu, inset, was released six years into a 50-year murder sentence. Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images
Arnold added, “He woke up as a vehicle was being pursued. “He crashed the car, fled on foot, and was apprehended by deputies.”
Cachu allegedly abandoned the gun, which deputies claimed they found, during the pursuit.
He is accused of fleeing arrest, unlawful possession of a firearm, and drunk driving, among other offenses.
Authorities claim that Andrew Cachu, who was found guilty of killing a victim in the back while gang members were holding him down, was dozing off while carrying a revolver in a car that was obstructing traffic on Wednesday night.
Authorities claim that Andrew Cachu, who was found guilty of killing a victim in the back while gang members were holding him down, was dozing off while carrying a revolver in a car that was obstructing traffic on Wednesday night. (Office of the Sheriff of Los Angeles County)
Arnold stated that the driver “was obviously under the influence” and added that the police discovered “several substances” in the car.
According to court records, Cachu shot and killed Louis Amela, 41, outside the Sky Burger restaurant in Palmdale during a heist while he was just 17 years old in March 2015.
According to Kathy Cady, a California lawyer who is defending the family of Amela, “He never should have been out on the streets.” Gascon’s policy and his hand-selected surrogate, Alisa Blair, declining to provide any evidence at the hearing are the sole reasons he was on the streets.
According to court records, Cachu shot Amela in the back as the guy fought off a group of attackers who were attempting to seize his bicycle during a gang-motivated heist. Investigators learned from the victim’s girlfriend that two men who are thought to be gang members held Amela down as Cachu fired two shots.
Cachu was tried before Gascon was elected, and despite the fact that he was a minor when the crime was committed, he was tried as an adult and found guilty, according to court records.
George Gascon, the district attorney for Los Angeles County, addresses the media on December 8, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
George Gascon, the district attorney for Los Angeles County, addresses the media on December 8, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. AFP / Robyn Beck via Getty Images )
Gascon issued a statement on Thursday saying, “We are disappointed to see that Mr. Cachu has not taken advantage of the support that he so plainly needs, grateful that no one was hurt, and dedicated to holding him accountable as an adult in this matter.”
He continued by defending how his administration handled Cachu’s discharge in November.
He stated that his staff had reviewed Mr. Cachu’s initial case, in which he had received an adult sentence despite committing the offense as a minor, in accordance with California law. Because we couldn’t demonstrate that Mr. Cachu would not have benefited from juvenile resources at the time of the initial offending, as required by law, we came to the conclusion that we wouldn’t likely win a transfer hearing based on the facts of the case and Mr. Cachu’s unique qualities.
The statement, according to Cady, was “filled with inaccuracies.”
Californians are fed up with Gascon’s “lawlessness,” says the CA mayor
He is either seriously incorrect, being mislead, or ignorant—I’m not sure which is the case—she added. “But he is simply mistaken. He makes ludicrous claims. And after serving brief prison terms, those who have committed really risky crimes that have harmed the community shouldn’t be freed.”
FOX Los Angeles uncovered jailhouse recordings between the murderer and his mother as Cachu, who had served only six years of a 50-year sentence, neared freedom. In the tapes, the mother can be heard sounding “overjoyed” about Blair’s involvement in the case leading up to Cachu’s release.
Jonathan Hatami, a deputy Los Angeles district attorney who supports the recall campaign to remove Gascon from office, said that “the Cachu case is one of way too many that show the nation that George Gascon’s policies, directives, and so-called reforms are a failure.” His 18-month social experiment has been a dismal failure since his “facts and science” were defective and wholly wrong.
The most recent event linked to Gascon’s left-wing policy instructions is Cachu’s latest arrest. He has disbanded a division in his office tasked with informing victims of their attackers’ parole hearings, and he is also taking a legal battle against his own deputies to the California Supreme Court. He has also come under fire for the light sentences given to offenders charged with serious crimes.
Hatami continued, “We in Los Angeles are less safe, and many innocent Angelenos have suffered.” “Even young offenders are not receiving assistance or rehabilitation. George simply doesn’t care about families, the general public, or young children, and he needs to be fired right away.”