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Pedestrian assaulted by Ventura gang suspect

A 28-year-old suspected gang member was arrested Saturday for assaulting a pedestrian. (Google Maps)

October 3, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A 28-year-old suspected gang member was arrested Saturday for assaulting a pedestrian.

Ventura police officers were called to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon on the 6300 block of Whippoorwill St. at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday.

Police determined the victim was approached by a suspect near the intersection of Peacock Ave. and Whippoorwill St.

A suspect approached the victim, who police did not identify, and questioned him about gang affiliation. The victim has no gang ties, police said. The victim and suspect did not know each other, police said in a news release.

The suspect then allegedly struck the victim in the face with an unknown object, according to police.

Police located the suspect, 28-year-old Ventura resident Pedro Munoz, in the area of the crime scene. Munoz tried to evade police on foot and violently resisted arrest, according to police.

The victim was hospitalized with major non-life-threatening facial injuries at Ventura County Medical Center.

Munoz was booked into Ventura County Jail for assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest with violence, gang street terrorism and violation of parole.