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Two charged with assault using screwdriver

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.

Comments

Posted by USA, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 13, 2009 at 4:52 pm

Maybe this whole sanctuary thing is not such a good idea.


Posted by Don Frances, Mountain View Voice Editor
on Apr 13, 2009 at 5:29 pm

Don Frances is a registered user.

As we stated recently on another comment thread (Web Link), Mountain View is not and has never been a "sanctuary city."


Posted by USA, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 14, 2009 at 1:35 am

"But in Mountain View, and all of Santa Clara County, immigration status is not taken into account by arresting officers unless a suspect is going to be charged with murder, robbery, sexual assault, assault with serous bodily injury, multiple burglaries or major fraud. Otherwise, as police spokesperson Liz Wylie said, the immigration status question isn't even on the county booking form."

Web Link

So, what would you call that?


Posted by Don Frances, Mountain View Voice Editor
on Apr 14, 2009 at 11:19 am

Don Frances is a registered user.

Hi USA,

I don't know what I would call that, but I wouldn't call Mountain View a "sanctuary city," as that was an official term used by the city of San Francisco to describe a boneheaded policy which they've since abandoned.

In Mountain View, officials seem to be doing a sort of tightrope walk on the subject, even though some residents would like them to come down more strongly on one side or the other. The truth is, enforcement of our borders is a federal job -- our police and school officials aren't ICE -- and if local officials try to do the feds' job for them it could wind up making their other, everyday work much more difficult.

On the other hand, maybe a city policy could be enacted which at least helps ICE in some small capacity -- I don't know. It's a tricky issue and reasonable people can disagree about it.

There's a couple other items of interest here: 1) The immigrant status of these two suspects is unknown to you or to me, making this story a poor example when it comes to the immigration debate; 2) these guys are charged with assault, so the quote you've cited above seems to indicate that their immigration status WILL be taken into account.


Posted by Yes, a resident of Castro City
on Apr 14, 2009 at 3:18 pm

Yes i have known about those two individuals from middle school(they never attended high school) and yes they are illegal immigrants. And both have younger brothers doing the same thing.


Posted by Maybe, a resident of Waverly Park
on Apr 16, 2009 at 8:30 am

Maybe that is true, and maybe it is not. However, don't for a second think that their whole gang are illegal immigrants. You cannot blame everything on illegal immigration.

We have kids who were born here who do bad things. We have illegal immigrants here who do great things.


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