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Veteran’s Truck, $60,000 Prosthetic Leg Stolen

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SANTA ANA, Calif. (KTLA) — Police in Santa Ana were asking for help on Friday finding whoever stole a veteran’s truck, with his prosthetic leg inside.

It happened over Memorial Day Weekend when 53-year-old Juan Hernandez, of Santa Ana, was at Knott’s Berry Farm with his family.

leg-stolenThey arrived at the park at about 1:30 p.m. on May 26.

When they left at around 10 p.m., the truck, a black 2007 Chevy Silverado, was gone.

The leg, which is called a “C-Leg,” has a microprocessor-controlled knee, and is worth around $60,000, the family said.

Hernandez’s left leg was amputated above the knee after he was run over in a gang-related crime in November 2010, according to police.

Jose Berruette, 24, was wanted on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with the attack.

It happened after Hernandez’s son, Steven, got into a fight with two people he saw spray painting on a block wall across the street from the family’s house.

Shortly after, three vehicles began driving by the Hernandez home, with the occupants yelling for people to come outside.

Steven and a friend confronted the men, and another fight broke out, witnesses said.


Jose Berruette, 24

Family members including Juan Hernandez went outside to break up the altercation.

Hernandez told the men to leave and began taking pictures of them with his cellphone.

That’s when Berruette allegedly accelerated and jumped the curb in his Bronco, running over Hernandez, according to witnesses.

He was pushed through a wall and pinned under the Bronco.

Police believe that Berruette has been living in Mexicali, Baja California, in Mexico, but has traveled to Santa Ana and Anaheim.

He may be using the name Luis Avila, according to Santa Ana police.

A $10,000 reward was being offered for information leading to his arrest.

Anyone with information was asked to contact Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS (847-6227), or online at

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  • Shazbot2013

    Person #1: I once met a man with a wooden leg, named Smith.
    Person #2: What was the name of his other leg?

    (Mary Poppins Movie quote)