Santa Rosa police arrest 5 teenage suspected gang members for multiple crimes – CBS San Francisco

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SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) — Santa Rosa police on Wednesday announced the arrest Tuesday of five suspected gang members between the ages of 15 and 17 on multiple felony charges after they allegedly vandalized a vehicle and broke into a home in a targeted attack.

Police say around 4:49 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, officers were dispatched to the 3300 block of Mojave Avenue in Santa Rosa after several suspects damaged a resident’s vehicle and broke into his home. . The suspects fled the scene before officers could get to the address.

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Officers who arrived noticed a vehicle that had sustained significant damage with shattered windows and taillights and two flat tires. Evidence also indicated that the suspects kicked the front door of the victim’s home and vandalized several items, authorities said.

Police say the suspects were heard shouting challenges to gangs to identify their gang affiliation as they destroyed the victim’s property. The suspects were also in possession of baseball bats and brass knuckles.

Police said the suspects fled the scene in an older Chevrolet Impala. Officers documented the scene and collected evidence, before beginning a search of the area for suspects and the suspect vehicle.

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About an hour later, a patrolman located a vehicle that matched the description of the suspect vehicle in the West Avenue and Hearn Avenue area that had five occupants. Officers conducted a traffic stop and contacted each person in the vehicle.

Based on the investigation, witness statements and evidence collected, the police were able to arrest the five suspects in the incident. Police said the crime victim was specifically targeted, but provided no further information regarding the motive.

Because they are underage, the suspects have not been identified, but police said the five male juvenile residents of Santa Rosa – one 17, one 16 and three 15 – were incarcerated in Sonoma County Juvenile. Justice Center.

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Each suspect faces four counts of vandalism, burglary, involvement in a street gang and promoting/assisting a criminal street gang. Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to contact the Santa Rosa Police Department.

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