Police arrested two "associated gang members" on charges of assault with a deadly weapon after the young men allegedly attacked a group of juveniles with a screwdriver and a broken beer bottle on Saturday.
Police say the two suspects, Pascal Pinzon, 18, and Miguel Aragon, 20, both Mountain View residents, are affiliated with the local Sureno gang, and initiated the fight on April 11 with five juveniles who were hanging out at an apartment complex on the 1900 block of California Street. The suspects believe the complex "is their territory," said police spokesperson Liz Wylie, and the fight started after they told the teenagers to leave. None of the victims are associated with gangs, Wylie said.
"They were just picking on five kids," Wylie said.
Pinzon and Aragon approached the teenagers on Saturday around 6 p.m., immediately punching one 16-year-old female suspect in the chest, according to Wylie. The fight escalated when Aragon started attacking another male suspect with a broken beer bottle and a screwdriver, she said.
A witness tried to break up the fight, and was also attacked by the suspects, Wylie said, but he punched out Pinzon before police arrived. Pinzon was taken to Stanford Hospital, where he was treated for injuries and released to police. Both suspects are charged with battery and assault with a deadly weapon, and Aragon also faces charges for resisting arrest and possession of cocaine.
The main victim, who was attacked with the two weapons, was treated at El Camino Hospital for minor injuries.