A strip club near the “Happiest Place on Earth” was given a frightening ride Halloween night by a disgruntled trio who shot up the place with an AK-47 rifle.
The men, who are Anaheim, Calif., residents, were arrested last week and two of them could face life sentences for the attack that started because security guards tossed them out for refusing to wear masks.
Edgar Nava-Ayala, 34, Juan Jose Acosta-Soto, 20, and Daniel Juvenal Ocampo, 22, were charged on Monday for their roles in the alleged attack at the Sahara Theater, just four miles from Disneyland.
“The suspects were kicked out for refusing to wear masks,” police Sgt. Shane Carringer told USA Today. “They returned and fired on the club in retaliation of being kicked out.”
Carringer said the three did not attack the strip club only because of the mask regulations. Nava-Ayala allegedly fired at least 15 rounds into the club. At least four people were injured, one of whom needed surgery because of bullet wounds in the upper body, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
“It’s nothing short of a miracle that no one was killed,” Carringer told the Washington Post. “There were over 30 people in there. ”
Nava-Ayala allegedly fired “indiscriminately” into the club, according to statements from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and the Anaheim Police Department. Nava-Ayala and Ocampo were charged with attempted murder and assault, among other felonies, on Monday and face 21 years to life depending on whether they are convicted of all charges. Acosta-Soto, 20, could face a maximum of 17 years under a felony assault charge.
The suspects are being held at the Orange County Jail on $5 million bail.
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