Police break up suspected gang fight

Three arrested, many others get away in Castro St. brawl

Three teens, two of them juveniles, were arrested in Mountain View on the evening of Aug. 12 for allegedly participating in a suspected brawl between rival gangs, a spokesman with the Mountain View Police Department said.

A 16-year-old and a 15-year-old -- both from Mountain View -- and a 19-year-old from San Jose were booked into juvenile hall and county jail for allegedly throwing bottles and stealing the tennis racket of a passerby during the fight, Sgt. Sean Thompson of the MVPD said.

According to statements of witnesses and video obtained from a witness, the 15-year-old was booked into jail for assault with a deadly weapon for throwing bottles at what may have been rival gang members, Thompson said. The 16-year-old allegedly stole a tennis racked from someone in the park and was attempting to use it as a weapon; he was booked for assault with a deadly weapon and robbery. The 19-year-old, identified as Eric Castro, was also accused of throwing bottles and contributing to the delinquency of minors for participating in a fight with the juveniles.

Thompson said that two groups of five began fighting around 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 12 in Castro Park. A witness told officers that the men appeared to be throwing up gang signs in the lead-up to the brawl.

When police arrived the men scattered and only the three were detained, Thompson said. The rest got away.

He said police aren't positive at this point it was a gang fight, but that all signs pointed to it being a conflict between local branches of the California street gangs the Nortenos and the Surenos.


Posted by AC, a resident of Shoreline West
on Aug 14, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Castro st. or Castro park?

Posted by Cg, a resident of Whisman Station
on Aug 14, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Whisman park, I was there and saw the whole thing. Pretty pathetic kids

Posted by Jack, a resident of Jackson Park
on Aug 14, 2013 at 9:55 pm

THis is very confusing. It says Castro St. then it says "the park" without identifying which one then it says Castro Park.

Posted by Observer, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 14, 2013 at 11:18 pm

Gangs? In Mountain View?

Farms? In Berkeley?

Posted by Boxer, a resident of Gemello
on Aug 15, 2013 at 5:52 am

I watched as many seemingly effeminate boys flailed their arms wildly at each other. I can't see how anyone would have gotten hurt from the way those little boys tried to fight(dance with each other?). I guess when they realized that, they had no power, they decided to throw stuff...I had an ex-girlfriend who acted the same way.
Tough kids (LOL)

Posted by Cg, a resident of Whisman Station
on Aug 15, 2013 at 8:35 am

I agree with Boxer actually. If those are gang members, Hollywood has way oversold things.

I watched them run from the cops at the end, being at least 40 pounds overweight and struggling to hold up their oversized pants, huffing and puffing. A pretty sad sight to say the least

Posted by chuck mangione, a resident of Shoreline West
on Aug 15, 2013 at 10:11 am

chuck mangione is a registered user.

Reminds me of that classic Ice Cube rap song about tennis rackets.

Posted by Flava Dave, a resident of Shoreline West
on Aug 15, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Flava Dave is a registered user.

Wanna be gang members sometimes turn into bona fide gang members

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