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6 gang members arrested in Lompoc after assault

Posted at 4:08 AM, Mar 10, 2020

Lompoc police officers made more than a half-dozen arrests on Monday after an assault.

According to a press release, the arrests came just before 6 p.m. after officers were patrolling the area of 700B N F/G St.

Officers heard five to six gunshots near 801 N F St. Police said tips came in, reporting several gang member type juveniles had been fighting and shots were fired.

After a search of the area and receiving consent to enter an apartment, officers found seven people hiding in a bedroom.

Inside, officers found two firearms and methamphetamine and a digital scale. All six males whom were arrested associate with a local street gang, police said.

Officers investigated further and found nearby video surveillance showing the suspects assaulting another man on E Pine Avenue. In the press release, police stated the suspects punched, kicked and threw a heavy bottle at the victim before retreating. A short time later, they also retrieved a firearm and fired at the victim, but did not strike him.

Sergio Mendez is a convicted felon who is forbidden to possess a firearm and is on probation. Angel Morgan, along with another gang member, were recently arrested on Feb. 23 by LPD patrol officers for being found in possession of a loaded firearm, while possessing narcotics, but was later released.

The four others arrested are juveniles. Their identities will not be released.