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Helicopter, K-9 Search after Gang Fight: 5 Napa Teens Nabbed

A reported gang fight on Pueblo Avenue Friday night resulted in the arrests of five Napa teenagers, four male and one female, after a helicopter and land search and the help of K-9 Ringo, Napa police said. Arrest information does not indicate conviction

Gang enforcement officers, the California Highway Patrol helicopter and police dog Ringo were all part of a three-and-a-half-hour effort to round up five Napa gang members after a fight on Pueblo Avenue at about 6 p.m. Friday, according to a report from the City of Napa Police Department:

On October 24, 2012 at approximately 1800 hours Napa Police Special Enforcement Unit (SEU) Officers responded to a reported fight in the 1300 blk. of Pueblo Ave.  It was reported that a group of subjects confronted the victims. During the confrontation the victims were assaulted and a hat was taken from one of them.  An investigation was conducted and the responsible parties were identified. All are known/ documented gang members.

SEU Officers went to the 100 blk. of Cesta Dr. and took a 17 yrs. old Male juvenile into custody.  He was booked at Napa County Juvenile Hall for Robbery, Assault with a deadly weapon, Conspiracy, Gang Crime, and violation of probation.  

A short time later SEU Officers were in the area of 1800 Imola Ave. when they observed several subjects including Freddy Martinez near an involved vehicle. 

The officers initiated contact with the group and several of the subjects fled on foot into the surrounding neighborhood.  Napa Police, Napa Sheriffs’ Department and a California Highway Patrol Helicopter responded to assist.

During the chase a 17yrs. old Male juvenile attempted to elude police by entering a garage in the 1700 blk. of Hemlock Ave.  The male juvenile was given repeated commands to come out of the garage and Napa Police K-9 Ringo was deployed. 

The male juvenile was located hiding inside a clothes dryer and taken into custody.  He was booked at Napa County Juvenile Hall for Burglary, Prowling, Resisting Arrest, and violation of probation after treatment at Queen of the Valley Hospital. 

A 17 yrs. old Male juvenile was caught and arrested after running from the scene.  He was taken into custody for Resisting Arrest, Gang Crime and violation of probation.

A 16 yrs. old Female juvenile was arrested at the scene.  She was booked into Napa County Juvenile Hall for Robbery, Conspiracy, Gang Crimes, and violation of probation.

Martinez was able to elude capture but was reported as a suspicious subject by an alert citizen a short time later.  He was contacted by a Napa County Sheriffs’ Deputy and taken into custody.  He was booked at NCDC for Robbery, Assault, Conspiracy, Gang Crimes, Resisting arrest, and violation of probation.

The police report ends with this arrest at 9:38 p.m. Some neighbors have said they heard the helicopter search continuing until later in the evening. Click the "Keep me posted" button below for automatic updates when we publish more news on this story.

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Belle (Orchid Lady) October 28, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Louisa is right about listening to scanners, I know most of the common codes for service used by dispatch and officers alike. I only posted that call about a man with a gun, here, because you cannot 'send a tip' or e-mail (from my tablet) on the Patch website. I already know the outcome of the call. When I made the post however I did not, which was why I asked Patch staff to turn on their scanner just in case things got out of hand. It wasn't to sensationalize anything, only to notify our press of a potentially dangerous situation. Just like the other night, when these kids were running from the police and it was reported that one was jumping fences on our friends street; we called and told them to lock their doors and windows and stay inside, and report any noises to Napa dispatch. My apologies for seeming like I was stirring things up.
Belle (Orchid Lady) October 28, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Thanks for the confidence in my posts! :) so the term "boom car" a someone posted earlier reminded me of a song from when I was younger...Does anyone remember the song "We like the cars that go BOOM"? LOL, it is the stupidest song I have ever hears (one of them anyways) but here is a link to the lyrics if anyone wants to know why people put big speakers in their cars (at least according to these chicks). http://www.songmeanings.net/songs/view/3530822107858557136/
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau October 28, 2012 at 09:43 PM
"Name withheld with Permission" (I'll just call you Chester), the helicopter remains until officers determine that there are no more suspects and to assist the officers looking for evidence in the dark. So, Chester, I hope that answers your question.
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau October 28, 2012 at 10:10 PM
"wiseone" (I'll just call you Barbi), the officer is challenged with presenting evidence in court if the person cited chooses to fight the ticket. Unless the officer has a recording, video, Db readings, or some other kind of evidence, all the person has to do is ask the court to "prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the stereo volume violated the law". Of course, the officer will say it was loud, the defendant will say it was not and ask the officer to show his or her Certificate Of Completion for audio engineering and the judge will dismiss. Waste of court time. Barbi, this is what I refer to as a "Law Of Convenience", simply in the Vehicle Code to make it convenient for an officer to find a reason for traffic stops. You know, license plate light out, cracked windshield, no front license plate, low tire pressure, etc.
wiseone October 29, 2012 at 05:11 AM
A generational thing? Sorry,Not good enough. I like my peace and I'm entitled to it. If you were in your home and blasting this noise,you would be made to turn it down or face arrest.
wiseone October 29, 2012 at 05:18 AM
Your husband's not the "cool dad"-he's a public nuisance. It's not just a generational thing,Belle. Some of us actually live near those stoplights where people blast their stereos. Our neighborhoods are being ruined and our quality of life is being threatened because of a few selfish people like your husband,brother and sister-in law.
wiseone October 29, 2012 at 05:26 AM
Bucket, I think it's an issue of making our city leaders aware that we are tired of having our lives disrupted by this constant noise pollution. If it doesn't come from the top down, it won't change. We need leadership on this issue. People pay a lot of money to live in Napa and they should not have to be bombarded with loud noise at all hours of the day and night.
wiseone October 29, 2012 at 05:35 AM
It's exemplary that CHP Officer Paulson actually pulled someone over for violating the noise ordinance. I would also add that was an anomalous act. When I asked Napa Police Chief Melton how many people had been issued tickets last year for this infraction, I believe the number he gave me was "zero." Napa Police and the city of Napa need to realize who pays their salary. People pay a premium to live in Napa and they don't expect that their daily lives will be inundated with obnoxious,primitive bass sounds emanating from the cars passing by or stopped at a nearby light. Get with the program,Napa!
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau October 29, 2012 at 06:54 AM
Barbie, good luck getting the city leaders to help you chase these loud cars down the street with a stick. And unless a car with a loud stereo is parked in front of your house it is not "constant", it is sporadic at best. I drive someplace in Napa every day and I hear one or maybe two loud thumping stereos. 10 or 20 seconds later, they're gone. Our city leaders will tell you they have many more important issues demanding their attention.
Jerae-Ione Knutson October 29, 2012 at 04:09 PM
This is exactly why I read the Napa Patch and NOT the Napa Register! Thank you, Louisa, you're doing a great job!
Belle (Orchid Lady) October 29, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Wise one, thank you for insulting my family. I said they have loud systems in their cars, not once did I say that drive around with them at full volume. First off full volume would be bad for their ears. Second, my family is considerate and always turns the bass OFF after 10pm. Lastly, the term "selfish" is not appropriate when asking, demanding, that everyone should do what YOU want. I will say the area you live in used to be a sleepy little area, but with the Oxbow, and a hotel planned right down the road, it's only going to get worse.
chuck2251 October 29, 2012 at 10:54 PM
THERE IS A GANG PROBLEM ,JUST LOOK AT THE CHARGES..
chuck2251 October 29, 2012 at 10:56 PM
hide it and it only gets worse..
chuck2251 October 29, 2012 at 10:58 PM
very smart parent..
chuck2251 October 29, 2012 at 11:21 PM
That is a sad day ,when the police ignore our problems and one must move. if the town would have penalties harsh enough to stop the crime, the penalties would fit the crime.. too many libs do not understand this.. vote no on 36.. its cheaper to keep them in jail (37 000 ) compared to (110 000 ) on the streets.. than let them continue criminal activities on the outside..the two strike people know full well of the consequences of a third strike..ask your self .how many strikes did the umpire not see.. A two strike person could explain to pizza man his situation and offer to sweep the floor for the piece of pizza and not try to steal it..
chuck2251 October 30, 2012 at 12:01 AM
What happens when some gang bangers think your brother is and blasts him..??
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau October 30, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Wow, Barbie, you should really let loose and allow yourself to feel entitled, narcissistic, and condescending once in a while. No, really.
Moss Adams October 30, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Aaaahhh...the worm turns.
Belle (Orchid Lady) October 30, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Well Chuck, your scenario still presumes that ONLY gang bangers have loud stereo systems systems in their cars or that gang bangers think as you do, which is silly and unfounded. Seriously, people are killed by gang bangers all the time and lots of those are also mistaken identities. We can also say what happens if we slip and fall in the bathtub (the most dangerous place in your house) and be afraid of everything, but it won't change anything. Simply put, people who grew up listening to Hip Hop in the 80's and 90's were the ones putting 'systems' in their cars, as well as mini-trucks, and stupid over-sized rims. It spills over in to other sub sets of youth, skaters also like loud music, your stereo typical 'white kid' with his muscle car probably has a 'system' as well as the Latino guys bumping Latin music. It has NOTHING to do with gangs. Enough of the non-sense, people might find it rude, that's fine, I don't like them (loud systems) either, I don't mind if it's not turned up loud, I like a little bass.
Belle (Orchid Lady) October 31, 2012 at 12:43 AM
LOL, Moss.
bucket October 31, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Bell you comment on everything and everyone, so why wouldn't you assume the same behavior bestowed upon you. Turn the blast off by 10 pm? It is true that 10 pm is the law but many of us go to bed way before because WE HAVE TO GO TO WORK.....so being considerate would mean much earlier and beside why do I have to listen to your choice of music anytime?....Really...turn it down...save your ears and ours too!
Belle (Orchid Lady) October 31, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Go back and re-read my comment, I said BASS, you know the "boom" part. We never really turn it up that loud, but it's nice to have a nice e stereo system. Yes, I do comment quite often, being limited in what I can do, I find the internet enjoyable. I don't insult people however.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) October 31, 2012 at 05:14 PM
I once knew a guy who put a "bazooka tube" subwoofer in his boat, so he could have plenty of BASS while fishing for ... you guessed it ... BASS. It's true!
Tom Davidson October 31, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Well, there's the editorial neutrality.......just after we heard that this "isn't the Register", they start acting like it. Bullies and Hate are bad. Unless you have editorial license, then it's just a little patch of journalism.
Tom Davidson October 31, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Here's a clue that might help you. Go into the handy dandy public records for the courts. Check to see the outcome of ANY ticket for loud music in a car is. NOW do you see why cops won't bother writing tickets for loud music from cars ? The judges have made it a waste of time. So who do you blame ?
Tom Davidson October 31, 2012 at 06:22 PM
That's too bad. Make sure you check out your new neighborhood for a few years before you commit to a lease. You never know when a kid is going to get a "gang kit" for his car.
Tom Davidson October 31, 2012 at 06:24 PM
I'd hate my parents even more if they named me "unfiltered".
Belle (Orchid Lady) October 31, 2012 at 06:35 PM
LOL, cute!
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau October 31, 2012 at 07:39 PM
What? Huh? What's that? I hear a heckler in the back of the crowd hiding their face. What's your name? "Bucket"??? As in milk bucket? Well if your Dad was a farmer then your Mom must have been... Nevermind.
Tom Davidson November 01, 2012 at 09:19 AM
Now THAT'S creepy. Several decades ago, my best-friend got pulled over for taking a corner a little too enthusiastically. He told me his dad showed up while he was still being detained and before the ticket wa written. I think this happened when he wa 17. So any argument I might have that you shouldn't be snooping on the scanner is gonna be kinda weak.

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