Two 20-year-old men and an 18-year-old woman were charged Thursday with mayhem and assault stemming from paintball attacks in Torrance on two men, one of whom suffered a serious eye injury.
Tyler James Walters of Torrance, Lynn Emerson Johnson III of Hawthorne and Gabriella Lorraine Semana of San Pedro are charged with one felony count each of aggravated mayhem and mayhem and two counts each of assault with a deadly weapon, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
The criminal complaint includes the allegation that Walters personally used a paintball gun and that he inflicted great bodily injury, according to Deputy District Attorney Alexander Bott.
The charges stem from the paintball shootings of two men who were walking in separate locations Sunday in Torrance, the prosecutor said.
Patrol officers, along with investigators, located the three and their vehicle in the area of Cabrillo Boulevard and 233rd Street about 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, said Torrance Police Department Sgt. Ronald Harris.
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A lengthy investigation “ultimately led to the recovery of several paintballs as well as the paintball gun,” the sergeant said.
One of the attacks occurred about 9:30 p.m. Sunday in the area of 232nd Street and Juniper Avenue, according to Harris.
Michael Fejes was hit by numerous paintballs, some of which struck and injured his eye, about 9 p.m. Sunday in the area of Hickory Park, Harris said.
Michael Fejes’ son, also named Michael, told the Daily Breeze his father was taking his nightly walk when someone shouted, “Hey,” and opened fire when Fejes looked over.
Fejes will undergo surgery at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center but doctors don’t know if he will regain vision in his right eye, the younger Fejes told the Daily Breeze.
If convicted as charged, Walters could face up to nine years to life in state prison, while Johnson and Semana could each face up to eight years to life in state prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
–City News Service