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February 25, 2014 > Street Enforcement Team arrests gang members

Street Enforcement Team arrests gang members

Submitted By Newark PD

On January 8, 2014, at MarvÕs Liquors in Newark, three suspects later identified by Det. Revay via security video as Fernando Valencia, Jorge Gonzalez and Alex Ybera assaulted three victims. One of the victims arrived at MarvÕs Liquors and was approached by all three suspects prior to entering into the business. The victim was accused of making derogatory comments about the suspect's gang affiliation, which caused the physical confrontation. The victim denied the allegation and was immediately attacked outside the store by all three suspects. During the attack, the victim was hit over the head with a 40 ounce glass beer bottle rendering him unconscious. The three suspects then attacked two additional victims inside of MarvÕs Liquors, as they attempted to render aid to the first victim. The fight lasted for several minutes, but the incident was never reported to the police. As all three suspects left the scene, they shouted their gang name, intimidating the victims and witnesses. Later that night, a male subject known as Christian Mejia, arrived at the first victimÕs house and spoke with his father. The father attempted to dissuade Mejia and other gang members to prevent further violence from occurring. This clearly fell on deaf ears.

On January 10, 2014, two suspects, later identified as a juvenile and Christian Mejia, entered onto the Bridgepointe High School campus at the end of the school day. The juvenile and Mejia approached two additional victims and threatened to beat them up using verbal threats and intimidation. During this confrontation, the juvenile and Mejia used their gang name to intimidate the victims. This verbal confrontation at the school was connected to the MarvÕs Liquor incident because several of the victims in both incidents are family members. All five suspects in this case are documented gang members of the same gang. The victims in this case were friends of Justice Afoa and Osana Futi, both of which were murdered by Norteno gang members.

Det. Revay authored Ramey warrants for Valencia, Gonzalez, Ybera charging them with assault with a deadly weapon and participating in a criminal street gang. Det. Revay authored Ramey warrants for Mejia and the juvenile, charging them with making criminal or terrorist threats. Search warrants were also obtained for five locations.

Alex Ybera was taken into custody leaving his residence at 36644 Dugan Ct. He was booked for assault with a deadly weapon and gang enhancement.

Christian Mejia was arrested at 36566 Jennifer St. and booked at Santa Rita Jail for making terrorist threats and gang enhancement.

The juvenile had already been taken into custody several days prior to the operation. He is currently in custody at Juvenile Hall.

Detectives also responded to 6629 Dairy Ave as part of the investigation. Henry Molina was observed by the surveillance officers, as he was running to the backyard, hiding something and running back inside the house. Once entry was made, Henry was detained. A search of the backyard, revealed more than ? ounce of individually packaged methamphetamine. A following up search of his room, yielded another ? pound of marijuana and $2,954 in cash and a small explosive device (M1000). A search of another bedroom room, revealed 1 confirmed stolen PS3 from a 2011 residential burglary in Newark and three additional PS3/XBOX with the serial numbers destroyed. All were seized. Det. Heckman arrested Henry Molina for possession of methamphetamine for sale, possession of marijuana for sale, and possession of an explosive device.

On February 13, 2014 NPD SET Detectives, Fremont PD Detectives, and Major Crime Task Force (MCTF) Detectives tracked Fernando Valencia to a Fremont apartment complex. Agent Gentry deployed on foot and was able to positively identified Valencia as the front passenger. SET, along with MCTF and they continued to conduct mobile surveillance of the car as it drove into San Jose via 880. Once enough marked units from CHP and NPD caught up, a felony traffic stop was conducted at Highway 880 and Coleman Avenue in San Jose. Det. Revay arrested Valencia for his outstanding Ramey warrant and he was later booked into jail.

On February 17, 2014, SET Detectives observed Jorge Gonzalez driving on Thornton Avenue. Gonzalez attempted to flee from officers. He crashed into the traffic light pole on Thornton Avenue at Spruce Street. He fled on foot, but was captured a short distance from the crash scene. He was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, gang enhancement, felony evading police, and resisting arrest. Another juvenile gang member wanted in connection with a residential burglary and probation violation was also captured after he fled from the vehicle.

The Newark Police Department continues to actively investigate all gang crimes. We are especially passionate about reducing gang violence and gang activity. We established the Newark Police Street Enforcement team to target gang related crimes and deter people from becoming gang members. We are especially grateful for the citizens who continue to assist us in identifying gang members and working with us to prevent crime.

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