Second Man Arrested in Beating of Santa Ana Store Clerk

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A second man has been arrested in connection with the beating of a Santa Ana gas station clerk earlier this month, the police announced on Monday.


Jesus Fuentes is seen in a booking photo. (Credit: Santa Ana Police Department)

The incident occurred Feb. 2 at the Arco station in the 300 block of West First Street (map), according to Santa Ana Police Department spokesman Anthony Bertagna.

Clerk Marcos Soriano was attacked by two men after he refused to sell one of them beer at about 5:30 a.m., when beer is not legal to sell.

Surveillance video from the store captured the beating, which went on for more than three minutes.

A bloodied Soriano was able to hold on to one of the men, identified as Luis Torralva, until police arrived.

“It was pretty risky, but I was trying to take my own precautions,” Soriano said. “They didn’t have any weapons. So … lucky me, I guess.”

The other man, who was seen in the video kicking Soriano, got away.


This booking photo shows Luis Torralva, a man taken into custody after a gas station beating. (Credit: Santa Ana Police Department)

After the attack, police wanted Soriano to go to the hospital, but he washed off the blood and went back to work instead.

Soriano said he wanted to be at work because he would probably be “crying like a baby” if he went home.

Detectives used the store’s surveillance video to identify Jesus Fuentes as the second man in the video.

The 23-year-old Fuentes was arrested on Saturday, according to police. He was being held on $15,000 bail at the Orange County Central Men’s Jail in Santa Ana.

Fuentes was due in court Tuesday, county inmate records show.

KTLA’s Chip Yost and Melissa Pamer contributed to this report. 

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