Rene Enriquez (mobster)
July 7, 1962 |
South Central Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Known for||Former mobster|
Rene "Boxer" Enriquez (South Central Los Angeles, July 7, 1962) is a former American mobster. He was a high ranking influential member of the Mexican Mafia before becoming a federal witness in 2003. His life is chronicled in Chris Blatchford's true crime book The Black Hand: The Bloody Rise and Redemption of "Boxer" Enriquez, a Mexican Mob Killer.
In his teens, Enriquez was arrested after committing a string of armed robberies and was sentenced for a long period in prison. At the age of nineteen, Enriquez first encountered the Mexican Mafia, or La eMe. While Enriquez was imprisoned at the Deuel Vocational Institution, he acted as a member of the Mexican Mafia and stabbed a gang member from Los Angeles, who survived the stabbing. Enriquez later stabbed to death a Vagos Motorcycle Club member nicknamed "Chainsaw."
In 1985, Enriquez became a full-fledged Carnal (Mexican vernacular Spanish for brother) in the mafia. He projected the Mexican Mafia into a status of unprecedented organizational structure with a base army of approximately 60,000 heavily armed gang members who controlled the prison system and a large part of California crime. He said, "I believe I'm a cut above the rest. As a mafioso, you have to be an elitist. You have an elitist, arrogant mentality. That's how you carry yourself in the Mexican mafia. That's how you project yourself."
Enriquez has been involved in organized crime for over 20 years and was a Mexican mafia member for over 17 years. Enriquez sought parole in late 2009, although a parole hearing and date has not been set.
- Chris Blatchford, The Black Hand: The Bloody Rise and Redemption of "Boxer" Enriquez, a Mexican Mob Killer, 2008.
- Police and Fire Publishing, Urban Street Terrorism, 2011.
- Police and Fire Publishing, The Mexican Mafia Encyclopedia, 2013.
- Video: Chris Blatchford talking about book The Black Hand with Alex Alonso for StreetGangs.Com
- Video interview of Rene Enriquez on San Diego's most wanted