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Oct 10, 2013 3:18 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Santa Barbara Police arrest seven alleged gang members

Five adults and two 17-year-olds are in jail accused of threatening a man with a deadly weapon.

On Sunday, Santa Barbara Police were called out to North Voluntario Street. A man told them he had been chased by a group of men. One man was threatening to hurt him with a chrome tire iron. He was able to outrun them and escape into a nearby home.

He told police he was walking down the street when a car drove by him. The driver shouted the name of a Santa Barbara area gang. The car stopped, and the people inside started asking the victim about his gang affiliation. He told them he didn't belong to any gang, and they started chasing him. Police confirm the victim has no gang affiliation.

Police later saw the car driving down the 900 block of East Mason Street. They stopped the car and detained the men inside on the 400 block of North Milpas Street.

Police say they found several knives, a bat, and the tire iron in the car. They also found some cocaine and marijuana.

Police arrested 18-year-old Andres Hernandez, 19-year-old Juan Jose Herrera, 18-year-old Manuel Bernal Hernandez, 18-year-old Angel Kaleth Garcia, and 21-year-old Gustavo Charco Leon. All five are from Santa Barbara. Police also arrested two 17-year-olds. They were all booked in the Santa Barbara County Jail on charges including participation in a criminal street gang and disturbing the peace.

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