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Anaheim, California’s Daniel Juvenal Ocamponava arrested, faces 14 felony charges

Daniel Ocampo Nava (©Anaheim Police Department)

Daniel Ocampo Nava (©Anaheim Police Department)

Daniel Juvenal Ocamponava, 22, of Anaheim, Orange County, California, United States has been arrested. The Hispanic man is accused of being involved in the shooting at the Sahara Theatre strip club at 1210 State College Boulevard in Anaheim on October 31, 2020, which injured one customer and two employees.

That day, Ocamponava was with his fellow Anaheim residents Edgar Nava-Ayala, 34, and Juan Jose Acosta-Soto, 20, at the Sahara Theatre. The three were physically removed from the club by security because they refused to wear face masks.

After being kicked out from the club, Ocamponava, Nava-Ayala and Acosta-Soto rode a red Toyota Camry, left and came back. At around 1:30 a.m. that day, Nava-Ayala indiscriminately fired at least 15 rounds from an AK-47 style rifle into the cub while around 30 people were inside the building.

On December 17, 2020, the Anaheim Police Department arrested Ocamponava, Nava-Ayala and Acosta-Soto. The three suspects were held at the Anaheim Detention Facility on $500,000 bail each, according to Anaheim.net.

Ocamponava was charged with seven felony enhancements of supplying a firearm for the commission of a felony, three felony counts of attempted murder with premeditation and deliberation, three felony counts of assault with an assault weapon and one felony count of shooting into an occupied building. If convicted, he will face up to 21 years to life in prison.

On December 21, 2020, Ocamponava, Nava-Ayala, and Acosta-Soto pleaded not guilty in a hearing in the jail courtroom in Santa Ana, Orange County. The three Anaheim residents were ordered to return to court for a pretrial hearing in the West Justice Center in Westminster, Orange County on January 4, 2021.

 

Anaheim is home to two major sports teams namely the Anaheim Ducks ice hockey club and the Los Angeles Angels baseball team. Harry Sidhu, 53, is the city’s current mayor, first Sikh mayor and first person of color to hold the position.

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