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Antelope Valley gang suspects arrested in assault case

March 7, 2013 |  6:56 pm

Two suspects who authorities believe were among about a dozen gang members who assaulted three victims earlier this year have been arrested, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said Thursday.

The arrests were made after gang units and other teams from the department served five warrants across the Antelope Valley, according to a statement from the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station. The warrants were related to a Jan. 17 incident in which authorities said 10 to 12 gang members attacked two people and beat a third victim “to near unconsciousness” when that person tried to help the first two.

David Holmes, 21, was arrested on suspicion of receiving stolen property following the search of a home in the 3100 block of Tourmaline Lane in Palmdale, authorities said. Investigators found a stolen computer, a rug and a lockbox containing identification of the assault victims, officials said. They suspect Holmes was involved in the January assault.

During the search of another Palmdale residence in the 37600 block of Harvey Street, authorities said they found evidence indicating a second suspect’s ties to a local gang. The person’s name was withheld because the suspect is a minor.  

Lt. Larry Gregg, coordinator for  the Antelope Valley Crime Fighting Initiatives, said most of Thursday’s warrant searches were related to juvenile gang members, who were not only involved in January’s assault but were also “very possibly responsible for a recent rise in burglaries in the Palmdale area.”

Authorities declined to name the gang suspected of the robberies and violence.


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