2 Napa Men, 1 Teen Arrested on Suspicion of Carrying Sticks as Weapons

Incident took place in the vicinity of the Kwikee Mart on Jefferson Street in Napa.

Two Napa men and a 17-year-old boy were arrested after police said they were carrying sticks as weapons in an incident involving a group of young men in the vicinity of the 2900 block of Jefferson Street in Napa.

Samuel Alberto Gonzalez, 18, and Jaime Francisco, 22, and the 17-year-old male juvenile were taken into custody late Sunday.

They were held on multiple charges, including possession of a cane or billy club, felony street gang enhancement, being under the influence of a controlled substance, resisting arrest or obstruction, probation violation, disorderly conduct and a prior felony bench warrant.

Police said the incident began when officers were dispatched to a call of a fight involving weapons at the Kwikee Mart, at the corner of Jefferson Street and Pueblo Avenue. Napa Dispatch advised that the reporting party said he observed numerous people holding sticks in the front parking lot.

The individuals were all last seen wearing black shirts and were chasing a person, the reporting party said.
As officers arrived on scene, they did not see any altercation, but did see numerous people heading southbound on foot down Montoya's Alley (behind the Kwikee Mart).

The officers began to walk westbound from Brown Street toward the Montoya's Alley/railroad track area, and as they did, they saw two people standing on the bike path.

Both were holding what appeared to be sticks and were dressed in dark clothing. The officers ordered both men to the ground. The first person, Gonzalez, was holding a white fence board and two rocks.

The second person, a 17-year-old male, was holding a broken broomstick handle.

Gonzalez complied with the order and got on the ground and was taken into custody. The 17-year-old-male began to run southbound along a bike path towards Central Avenue, but he was eventually caught and taken into custody by pursuing officers in the yard of a residence in the 2500 block of Main Street.

A third subject, Soto, was located nearby holding a white wooden stick, approximately three feet in length.

He was taken into custody. As officers spoke with Soto, he allegedly displayed signs of being under the influence of drugs. Soto was evaluated by an officer and it was allegedly determined that Soto was under the influence of a controlled substance.

A records check showed Soto was on active probation. A records check showed that Gonzalez had an outstanding juvenile warrant for his arrest.
Officers learned from a witness that the 17-year-old male had told Gonzalez and Soto that he was jumped earlier by gang members and they took his bike in the area of the Kwikee Mart.

Gonzalez, Soto and the 17-year-old male went looking for these gang members armed with the make-shift weapons. The 17-year-old is a documented gang member, police said.

Gonzalez was booked at Napa County Department of Corrections for possession of a deadly weapon and violation of probation. Soto was booked into Napa County Department of Corrections for possession of a deadly weapon, two counts of violation of probation and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

The 17-year-old male was booked into juvenile hall for possession of a deadly weapon with a gang enhancement, loitering/prowling on private property and delaying arrest.
BonV January 08, 2014 at 10:44 AM
What a shock that one of them was on probation! I guess in six months we'll read about the continued "adventures" of this group. And who hasn't had something stolen from them? A friend in SF just had her bike stolen but she didn't head to the streets with weapons looking for retribution. I guess these young men will never learn to deal with life's disappointments in an emotionally healthy manner.


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