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Santa Maria Police arrest 5 people associated with gangs

Posted at 2:52 AM, Aug 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-09 05:52:04-04

Santa Maria Police responded to reports of gang members gathering in Preisker Park.

On Wednesday at around 3:30 p.m. Santa Maria Police officers received reports of gang members gathering, showing gang signs, and showing a gun.

When officers arrived all the suspects ran off.

Officials say one of the suspects threw a handgun over a fence before he jumped the fence himself.

After a short chase, the suspect was caught and taken into custody. The handgun was located nearby. 

He has been identified as 19-year-old Carlos Palma-Velazquez.

According to the police, Palma-Velazquez was booked into jail for resisting arrest, possessing a firearm and gang association crimes.

Officials say four of the other suspects were adults and one was a juvenile.

All five of the suspects were arrested and booked for probation violations. Officials say all five were either documented gang members or associating with gang members.