SANTA ANA, Calif. – A graffiti-tagging crew member was convicted today of the stabbing-murder of a 12-year-old boy who was walking home from school. Bryan Ocampo, 24, was found guilty by a jury of one felony count of second-degree murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a knife. He faces a maximum sentence of 16 years to life in state prison at his sentencing on March 10, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-28, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
At the time of the crime, Ocampo was an 18 year old member of a graffiti-tagging crew.
On the afternoon of June 13, 2011, the victim, 12-year-old Juan Martinez, was walking home from school on La Palma Avenue in Anaheim. He was a seventh grade student at Sycamore Junior High School. Ocampo walked up to the victim and engaged in a physical altercation with him. The defendant pulled out a knife from his pocket and stabbed Martinez in the abdomen two times and once in the chest. The victim ran away from Ocampo and collapsed due to his injuries.
Anaheim Police Department (APD) officers arrived at the scene and found the victim in the parking lot of an apartment complex. Martinez was transported to University of California, Irvine Medical Center in Orange, where he died as a result of the stab wounds. Witnesses at the scene identified Ocampo, who was arrested later that night by APD.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Herrera of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.
Orange County District Attorney / Case # 11ZF0114 / December 19, 2016