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Pomona 12th Street

Pomona 12th street

Pomona 12th Street (P12), also commonly known as Pomona 12th Street Sharkies are a Mexican-American street gang located in South Pomona, California. They originated in the 1940s, named after 12th Street, a residential street located between Garey Ave and S Reservoir St. South of Mission Blvd and North of Philadelphia Blvd, with over 200 active members.

The 12th Street adopted “Sharkies” during the 1950s, which is derived from Sharkies Park (also known as Madison Park). In 1972, the park was built with federal funds to provide neighborhood kids with alternatives to gang violence, but it backfired by becoming a playground for the 12th street Gang. Not to be confused with the Hillside 12th Street, a Latino gang based in Hillsboro, Oregon.

In The News

In April 21, 2004, the Pomona 12th Street made headlines after a 16-year-old Valentino Mitchell Arenas shot and killed 35-year-old Officer Thomas “Tom” Steiner (California Highway Patrol) in front of the Pomona Courthouse. On April 21, Officer Steiner was in the process of crossing the street after testifying in court regarding five traffic citation related cases.

16-year-old Arenas drove up and open fire, striking the California Highway Patrol officer twice in the chest and once in the head. Steiner was transported to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center where he died several hours later from the gunshot wound to the head. Valentino Mitchell Arenas, stated that the shooting was an attempt to gain credibility (stripes) with the Pomona 12th Street Sharkies.

The killing of Officer Thomas Steiner, has touched the hearts of family, friends and law officers across the nation. Arnold Schwarzenegger, governor of California, ordered Capitol flags flown at half-staff in the slain officer’s honor. Officer Thomas Steiner left before 3-year-old daughter and a grieving wife. Valentino Arenas was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. He received an additional 25-years-to-life sentence for using a firearm.

Allies And Rivals

The Pomona 12th Street Gang are known for their past rivalries with the Cherrieville and the Sur Olive as well as the South Side Village Crips. The Cherrieville and the Sur Olive, both street gangs descendant from the 12th Street resulting in multiple homicides in the Southern region of Pomona.




13 Comments on Pomona 12th Street

  1. I remember West Side Walnut used to beef with Cherry Ville in the 90s.

  2. That picture is of the 12 Street Players in Chicago Illinois

  3. IF YOU KNEW EDDIEBOY,GOOFY,NACHO FROM P12 im dannyboy p12 from the 70’s n 80’s contact me im 50 yrs old now my son is in pima county jail tucson ,az n needs some serious help anyone who can help me plz contact me ….dannyboy p12 4L I was raised by my grandmother lived on 6 th street with eddieboy I did 7 yrs in L.P n central juvenile halls for me barrio im in need of help for my son in pima,county jail email me asap at,gracias.

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  4. Looking for some help in in.pima county needs some help im an old veterano dannyboy p12 back from seventies m eightys if anyone can get my boy help in pima county jail email me pomona doce 4L

  5. Pomona SSVCG for life

  6. I want to Join a gang

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  8. I remember living in South Pomona during the early 90’s. The crips from south side village were ran out from their area on Waters st.

  9. That’s not Pomona 12st in the picture. That picture is some gay ass Chicago 12st Players or some bullshit.

  10. fucc 12stk they dont want no funk sscary ass sssnail.. we out here

  11. Fucc 12k SSVC we out here them snailss run in the house when it gets dark.

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