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Details emerge about alleged ‘harboring,’ witness intimidation from Duran associates

Sureno gang ties a common factor in three major felony cases heading for court
By: Scott Thomas Anderson, Editor
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Prosecutors are moving forward with a witness intimidation case against two reported Sureno gang members connected to alleged cop shooter Samuel Duran.

Jorge Campos III and Jose Felix both are currently free on bail.

A separate witness intimidation case against Duran’s associate Elizabeth Baker is also progressing — with the 51-year-old Baker remaining in custody at the Placer County Jail in Auburn. New details have emerged suggesting Baker harbored Duran at some point prior to the gunfight and also engaged in crimes in connection with the Surenos.

Campos, 21, and Felix, 19, were arrested Nov. 20 on charges of threatening or intimidating a witness, participating in a street gang and being an accessory to a crime. Campos and Felix were booked on the most serious allegations during a day when Roseville police took 35 suspects into custody on charges ranging from possession of methamphetamine and child endangerment to carrying illegal weapons and ducking immigration.

Prosecutors are also pressing on with a witness intimidation case against Baker, a 51-year-old Roseville resident who’s additionally charged with criminal conspiracy and being an accessory to a crime. According to the complaint filed against Baker by the Placer County District Attorney’s Office, Baker was harboring Duran in the days leading up to his dramatic firefight with Roseville police and a federal agent. Prosecutors wrote in the complaint that Baker “had knowledge Sammy Duran was a wanted parolee,” and willfully chose to “harbor, conceal and aid Duran with the intent he might escape from arrest.” 

Prosecutors also allege Baker is guilty of “dissuading a (citizen) witness by force or threat.” The complaint adds that Baker committed the alleged offense “for the benefit, at the direction of, and in association with a criminal street gang.”     

Placer County Assistant District Attorney Jeff Wilson and Roseville Police Spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther have both made comments suggesting the witness intimidation cases against Baker, Campos and Felix are directly tied to the aftermath of the shoot-out that now has Duran facing 18 felonies — nine of which are attempted murder charges. 

Baker, Campos and Felix appeared in the Auburn jail courthouse Monday for updates on their respective cases. Marie Dalton, a 52-year-old Duran associate from Citrus Heights, also appeared to face charges of possessing methamphetamine, child endangerment and keeping a place to sell drugs. Dalton was out of custody.

Attorneys for Baker and Dalton told Placer Superior Court Judge Colleen Nichols that the District Attorney’s Office has thus far made no offers for plea deals for their clients. Nichols ordered that Baker, Campos, Felix and Dalton all be brought back to court next week to determine if any plea offers will be made, or if prosecutors will prepare to have police officers and detectives testify against the group later in January.

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