Two men face murder charges in gang-related shooting

Published: Friday, Nov. 22 2013 7:35 p.m. MST

SALT LAKE CITY — Two men have been charged with murder in the shooting death of a suspected rival gang member.

Antonio Andino, 34, and Timothy James Ford, 26, each were charged in 3rd District Court with one count of murder, a first-degree felony, in the Oct. 13 shooting of two men.

Both men were in jail for unrelated incidents when the charges were filed Friday.

Police said Christian Arenas, 19, and a 20-year-old man, both reportedly members of a rival gang, were sitting in a Chevy Malibu parked near 405 N. Pamela Way shortly after midnight when Andino and Ford pulled alongside them in a stolen Subaru Forester.

"Hey, do you guys bang?" Ford asked, according to court documents.

"Yeah, homie. We bang," the 20-year-old man responded.

Ford then shot at the men with Andino's gun, striking Arenas in the forehead and killing him and injuring the 20-year-old man, court documents state. Police found five bullet holes in the Malibu.

A third man, who was sitting in the back seat of the Malibu, was hit by broken glass.

The next day, Andino reportedly disposed of the gun. When the Subaru was recovered, police located two spent shell casings in the car.

Andino was captured after a high-speed chase in a stolen vehicle on Nov. 15 and was booked into Salt Lake County Jail, police said. Ford, who was on parole, was taken into custody by a parole officer in Vernal. He was booked into Uintah County Jail.

Ford was also charged with five counts of discharging a firearm — two first-degree felonies and three third-degree felonies — as well as possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, a second-degree felony.

Andino also faces four counts of discharging a firearm — two first-degree felonies and two third-degree felonies — as well as one count each of obstructing justice, theft by receiving stolen property, and possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, all second-degree felonies.

Andino was named the Salt Lake Metro Gang Unit's Public Enemy No. 1 for the week of May 2, 2005, after he shot at a man one month earlier while trying to take his drugs and money. Andino pleaded guilty later that year to one third-degree count of aggravated assault and was sentenced to up to six years in prison.

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