For release on May 11, 2021
Assistant District Attorney
Gang Members Charged with Brutal Mass Attack on Fellow Inmate
Thirty-one gang members in the Santa Clara County Jail have been indicted by a grand jury on charges that they all attacked a single fellow gang inmate for about six minutes, leaving him bloody, naked, and with broken bones.
The charged inmates attacked the 40-year-old man in a dorm room they all shared at the Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas.
All 31 inmates are charged with felony assault and active participation in a criminal street gang. Nineteen of the inmates are additionally charged with personal infliction of great bodily injury. Two inmates are charged with witness intimidation and five inmates are charged with retaliation against a witness. Gang allegations have been filed against all the defendants. They were arraigned yesterday and face significant prison time, if convicted.
“The jail is not a law-free zone where anything goes,” DA Jeff Rosen said. “Violence is no more acceptable behind bars than it is outside them.”
The mass jail attack happened around 7:30 p.m. on November 30, 2020. When he entered the room, a group of inmates gathered and began punching and kicking the victim. Eventually the victim was dragged into a space that was near the guards’ window, where he was punched and an attacker poured floor cleaner on his bloody face. Finally – after 5 minutes and 37 seconds - the attack ceased. The attack was captured on video surveillance.
The evidence shows that the assailants as well as the single victim were active gang members. The attack occurred within a few minutes after the victim-inmate was transported to and brought into the housing unit. The attack occurred in an open dormitory style jail unit limited to gang members. The evidence also shows all the defendants personally participated in the attack on the single victim and that the attack was motivated because the victim cooperated with law enforcement on a pending criminal case. The investigation is ongoing.