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The SBPD's Bearcat armored vehicle outside a residence in the 1200 block of Punta Gorda St.

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The SBPD's Bearcat armored vehicle outside a residence in the 1200 block of Punta Gorda St.


Police Arrest Seven in Gang Sweep

Some Charged with Robbery, Others with Drug Possession or Parole Violation


Early in the morning on October 10, Santa Barbara police carried out a sweep of the city, resulting in the arrest of seven suspected gang members.

Christian Botello, who allegedly stabbed another gang member in 2007, was arrested for robbery and committing a crime while a member of, and in furtherance of, a criminal street gang.

Marcial Garcia was also arrested for robbery and committing a crime while a member of, and in furtherance of, a criminal street gang.

Juan Gomez, who was the victim of a gang stabbing last year, was also arrested for robbery and committing a crime while a member of, and in furtherance of, a criminal street gang.

Jaoquin Perez was arrested Wednesday on marijuana charges along with a parole violation.

Ronald Contreras was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and a parole violation.

Giovanny Torres was arrested for a parole violation.

A 17-year-old male was arrested whose name is being withheld.

The three robbery charges were the result of an incident in August; the victim was not gang-affiliated. A fourth suspect has an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

On September 30, police responded to a call of shots fired at an address on the 1200 block of Punta Gorda Avenue. Yesterday, during the sweep, police deployed a Bearcat armored vehicle to ensure a safe search of the same address. Police recovered a quarter pound of cocaine and over $10,000 in cash.

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