'Latin Kings' charged with attempted murder

February 27, 2007

A pair of Harvey brothers became the latest reputed members of the Latin Kings street gang to be charged in connection with a brutal campaign of intimidation against the family of a former gang member.

Bobby Doty, 22, and Selvintez Doty, 24, each were charged Friday with the attempted drive-by murders Nov. 26 of Edith Garcia and her 12-year-old daughter.

They were ordered held on bail of $400,000 and $500,000, respectively, during brief hearings at the Markham courthouse Saturday.

The charges are the third and fourth brought by the Cook County state's attorney office since state police and Cook County sheriffs removed more than a dozen case files from Harvey police headquarters in a January raid.

The Dotys and a third man, Reyes Aranda, 19, pulled up alongside 40-year-old Garcia's car at 165th Street and Emerald Avenue and opened fire as she drove back from church with her daughter, said Assistant Cook County State's Attorney Ted Lagerwall.

Despite the car being sprayed with bullets, both survived.

Garcia said she was the mother of Jesse Santillan, 16, who police believe was gunned down on Valentine's Day 2006 because he had tried to leave the gang without permission.

Aranda shot dead Santillan's uncle Raphael Santillan, 57, in July, according to charges previously filed by the Cook County state's attorney.

And Jesse Santillan's cousin Rolando Becerra -- a witness to Jesse Santillan's murder -- accidentally was shot dead by his friend Adrian Castro as they fled the Latin Kings on Feb. 4, according to charges previously filed by the state's attorney.

Becerra's family disputes the involuntary manslaughter charges against Castro, saying they believe the Latin Kings are responsible for Becerra's death, too.

Becerra's home in the 200 block of East 157th Street had been shot up on at least seven occasions between his and Jesse Santillan's death, the family said.

"Harvey police just wanted to say they'd solved a case," Garcia said, declining to comment on the attempt on her own life but adding her family still felt under threat.

Harvey police solved just two of the 11 murders in their jurisdiction last year, although prosecutors filed charges this year in the 2006 deaths of Willie Darling and Raphael Santillan after the state police raid on Harvey police.

The Dotys both appear next in court Saturday.