Sunday, June 4, 2023

Suspects Sought After Gang Conflict Implicated in Fort Bragg Vandalism Incident


The following is a press release issued by the Fort Bragg Police Department:

On September 28th, 2021, at approximately 5:50 p.m., Officers were dispatched “to the end of Pine Street” for the report of a windshield being vandalized by a baseball bat. The reporting party advised that the incident had occurred approximately twenty minutes earlier.

So far in the investigation, the Fort Bragg Police Department has determined the following:

Sometime between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., two witnesses inside of a residence observed several individuals known to them to be “gang members” arriving outside of their residence. The witnesses recognized the individuals to be gang members based on their interactions at school and in the community.

Prior to calling law enforcement, the two witnesses began filming the suspects through the window as at least one suspect used a baseball bat to destroy a separate victim’s windshield. Even after the suspects left the area, the witnesses did not call law enforcement but instead notified the victim and forwarded the video to the victim. Somewhere between 20 – 40 minutes later, the victim contacted law enforcement.

While interviewing the victim and his brother, Officers identified both parties as wearing clothing commonly associated with the Norteno criminal street gang. Additionally while speaking to the victim and his brother, two other documented Norteno criminal street gang members, also wearing clothing associated with the Norteno criminal street gang arrived on scene to support the victim.

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Initial evidence identified at least one documented member of the Sureno criminal street gang as being involved in the vandalism of the windshield. No injuries occurred during this incident. The Fort Bragg Police Department is still actively investigating this matter and is preparing potential search warrants for residences, vehicles and cellphones, related to the above vandalism.

Any individual with information related to this incident may contact Officer Lopez at 707-961-2800 ext 141 or at olopez@fortbragg.com. Anonymous tips may be left at 961-2800 ext. 135.

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  1. What more is there to “investigate” on this matter?! You have the evidence on video right? This always happens. The sureños always get away with everything & their crimes. They get a slap on the wrist & a couple days in county jail.. And the cycle repeats itself. These gang members need to go away forever or go to prison for a really long time. Just my opinion

  2. I find it odd that a ‘Criminal Gang Member’ called the police on another gang member. In the real world, the gang banger of the broken windshield would have hit the rival gang banger in the head with a baseball bat, or stuck him with a knife.

    They all sound like kids to me.

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