POLICE: Christmas Eve gang fight sends two to hospital

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FROM A WWPD PRESS RELEASE:

A fight between two gang members who belong to the same gang led to one being hospitalized for a stab wound to his neck, near the base of the skull. The suspect, identified as Jesse Corona, 19, 115 N 5th Ave, was taken into custody at about 6:00 p.m. Christmas Eve for 2 counts of Assault 1st Degree.

The 2nd count of assault is based on a juvenile who was cut while trying to break up the fight between Corona and the 1st victim. The 2nd victim received several stitches to his hand and was released from the hospital. The incident began at about 1:40 Saturday morning when a Patrol Sergeant was out on atraffic stop near the 400 block of S. 8th Avenue and heard yelling in the area. Following the stop, the Sergeant investigated and found two subjects walking out of the area. One of the subjects was badly injured, bleeding profusely from a laceration to his head and a puncture wound to the neck, and was being assisted by the 2nd subject.

The Patrol Sergeant provided both a ride to Providence St. Mary Medical Center for treatment. Officers followed the blood trail from the location where the subjects were picked up to a rental property at 412 S. 8th Ave. This is a residence where gang members are known to live and gather. Gang Detectives from the Police Department's Special Teams Unit were called out a short time later to continue the investigation.

Contact was made at this residence to search for further evidence of the assault, but entry was refused by a tenant. Detectives applied for and were granted a warrant to search the property. The search warrant was executed by members of the Emergency Services Unit SWAT Team Saturday afternoon. Detectives gathered DNA evidence and photographed the scene. A second warrant was served later at Corona's residence and clothing items believed worn during the assault were seized.

More details in Monday's Union-Bulletin.

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