In Oxnard, where about 60% of the county's Filipino-American population is located, police are tracking nearly 20 members of one active gang, the Satanas, said Sgt. Chuck Hookstra, who heads the city's gang tactical unit.
"They're crazy," he said of his fellow gang members, who have been involved in various shoot-outs with Latino gangs. "Filipino gangs are more serious about things. When they say something, they're gonna do it. You get more respect from other people when you're in the gang."
[Tony Grey] recalled a comment from an Oxnard policeman at a forum intended to inform parents about Filipino gangs: "The guy said they always know a Filipino gang member because he's well-dressed, drives a nice car and he has the most expensive weapon."