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Taggers arrested in assault on rival, Fillmore police say

June 13, 2012 | 10:16 am

Approximate location of incident shown in red.

Police in the Ventura County city of Fillmore arrested three youths, reportedly members of a tagging crew, for allegedly attacking and beating a member of a rival crew, officials said Wednesday.

They arrested Ty Gregory Casey, 19, Daniel Mendez, 20, and Anselmo Sandoval, 19, Tuesday in the beating of a 17-year-old boy, who suffered a concussion and lacerations to his head and arms.

The case grew from a June 4 report from an off-duty officer, who spotted three young men stomping and kicking a fourth on the ground near Meadowlark Drive and First Street, according to a police report.

The assailants then sped off in a car. Gang investigators later found the car, and witnesses to the attack identified the youths, police said.

Years ago, tagging crews began as groups of kids scrawling their monikers and crew initials on walls. Increasingly, police say, the crews have become more ganglike, defending turf and attacking rivals with violence that includes assaults and even killings.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact gang detectives at (805) 524-2235.


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