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Santa Ana Police Department
Friday September 14th, 2018 :: 10:31 a.m. PDT


SAPD Investigates Cyber Cafe for Illegal Activities - 8 arrested

SAPD Investigates Cyber Cafe for Illegal Activities - 8 arrested

On September 13, 2018 at 3:30pm the Santa Ana Police Department SWAT Team served a search
warrant at 1117 W 17th Street (Happy Times Café) in the City of Santa Ana. At the time of service,
54 people were contacted inside the business; eight were arrested for various charges. No injuries
were reported during this police action.
The Santa Ana Police Department received community complaints regarding quality of life issues
surrounding this business. The Police Department, in partnership with the community, worked
together to identify and address specific concerns. These efforts resulted in several documented gang
members being arrested for possession of firearms, possession of narcotics, and driving stolen
vehicles. During the service of the warrant, detectives located an illegal gaming business. Several
electronic gaming machines were seized and booked into evidence. Santa Ana Code Enforcement
responded to the location and began abatement procedures. The building was secured and “red
tagged” by Santa Ana Code Enforcement due to its unsafe conditions.
Santa Ana Police Chief David Valentin said, “We are focused on providing the best possible policing
services to our Santa Ana community, with continued emphasis on our two-pronged approach of
Community Based and Traditional Policing (proactive) strategies. This is a fine example of both these
strategies, with clear measurable outcomes and a positive impact for our resident and business

Santa Ana Police Department
60 Civic Center Plaza
Santa Ana, CA 92701

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