‘I kinda laughed’: Former Mexican mafia member says supposed motive to stab Derek Chauvin doesn’t add up

A former Mexican Mafia member “kind of laughed” at the idea that the man accused of stabbing former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin in prison is a BLM sympathizer.

Ramon “Mundo” Mendoza gave Fox News host Jesse Watters his unfiltered view of the incident at the Federal Correctional Institution in Tucson when Chauvin was stabbed 22 times with an improvised knife by John Turscak. The 52-year-old inmate, also known as “Stranger,” was a former Mexican Mafia member turned FBI informant.

With only three years left on his 30-year sentence, Turscak allegedly “tried to murder America’s most high-profile inmate,” Watters wrote on X.

“Why?” he wondered in the post accompanying the video interview with Mendoza, who offered more insight into the man known as “Stranger” while also questioning reports that the attack was carried out on Black Friday because of some symbolism with the Black Lives Matter movement.

“Did you have any understanding that he was some sort of BLM supporter because that was the justification for the motive?” Watters asked his masked guest.

“I can tell you for a fact. Contrary to that, I kind of laughed when I saw two things,” Mendoza replied.

“I saw that he had allegedly stated that one of his motives or reasons was to support Black Lives Matter and also to commemorate the Black Hand, which is the official tattoo of the Mexican mafia prison gang. Well, first of all, he, like many Mexican mafia members, were anti-black. That was part and parcel of who he was as a bad guy, as a gang member, and records will reflect that,” he continued.

“Number two, he cannot, at this time, ever pretend to represent the Black Hand or the Mexican mafia prison gang because he’s persona non grata and he’s green-lit. In other words, he’s earmarked for execution by the fellows,” Mendoza explained.

Watters wondered if that was “why he was trying to commit this murder so he’d stay in prison,” adding, “Because the day he steps outside, as you said, he’s a dead man, if you ask me.”

Mendoza considered Turscak’s life of crime and how little time he spent living a so-called normal life in the real world.

“This is just an educated opinion, like everybody else that’s weighing in. He’s got, like I said, all these years of gang membership. And part of being a gang member is the status that comes with it: the unpredictability of being a career criminal. This guy was a career criminal; that’s all he knew. That’s the life he knew,” he told Watters.

“There may have been a degree of fear because he is green-lit, targeted for execution, but I hear conspiracy theories, this and that. The guy is a loose cannon,” Mendoza continued.

“He thought he’d make a name for himself, probably. Status was important. He had absolutely nothing to gain by this, except, once again, the unpredictability of somebody of this ilk,” he added, contending he understands the mindset.

“I know this because I was that kind of a guy. I was unpredictable. And murder was what we lived and operated with. So, I have no doubt Stranger was probably trying to take this guy out. But remember, this officer, or this ex-officer, probably knew how to fight himself. I don’t think he’s a wimp,” he said of Chauvin.

Turscak, whose sentence would have been completed in 2026, was charged with attempted murder in the November attack of Chauvin who was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. He was also charged with assault with intent to commit murder, assault with a dangerous weapon and assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

Frieda Powers


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