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Gang dispute prompts OC parole searches

April 10, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
An escalating dispute among rival Fountain Valley gangs that saw tagging and simple assaults escalate to stabbings and shots fired sparked parole searches at nine homes, leading to six arrests, police said Thursday. The raids by Fountain Valley police and state parole agents on Tuesday ended with recovery of a sawed off shotgun, two incendiary devices and marijuana and narcotics paraphernalia, said Fountain Valley police Sgt. Eric Orahood.

Arrested were Fountain Valley residents Daniel Garcia, 24, on suspicion of possessing a sawed-off shotgun; Joseph Vasquez, 21, for an alleged parole violation and suspicion of possession of an incendiary device and Joseph Renteria, 19, for suspicion of possession of a methamphetamine pipe.

Laith Oweini, no age or city given, was arrested for an alleged parole violation, while Jason Talamantes, 23, of Fountain Valley was taken into custody on suspicion of possessing marijuana, Orahood said.

Arnold Rubio, 24, of Compton was arrested on suspicion of a parole violation and possessing an incendiary device, Orahood said.

Some of the arrestees will be looking at additional charges of being active members in a criminal street gang, Orahood said.

Those arrested are suspected of being members or associates of the Colonia Juarez, or CJ street gang, which has been in a dispute with a rival gang, Orahood said.

Injuries to date have been minor and all parties involved have been uncooperative with investigators, Orahood said.

More arrests are pending and the investigation continues, he said.

Anyone with information on the members or activity was asked to call Fountain Valley police investigators at (714) 593-4485.

 

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