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News - December 19, 2008

Police arrest six in gang stabbing

by Casey Weiss

Police say six Norteno gang members are in custody for the alleged stabbing of a rival gang member, part of an increase in violent gang-related crimes in Mountain View this year.

According to police spokesperson Liz Wylie, the six Nortenos were walking home Nov. 25 from Terra Bella Academy — a county-run school for at-risk students on Terra Bella Avenue — when they encountered a group of Surenos on N. Shoreline Boulevard. A fight broke out, and one Sureno was grazed with a knife.

"They are all at Terra Bella together. It is always brewing," Wylie said of the two gangs.

By the time police arrived on the scene most of the people involved in the fight had fled, and there was not enough evidence to make an arrest, Wylie said. The victim was not hospitalized or seriously hurt, and did not report the crime for several days.

After a week of gathering information from school staff and the victim, police arrested six minors on Dec. 3 and 4 associated with the Nortenos, and charged one of them with assault with a deadly weapon. The other five were charged with battery. All are 16 or 17 years old.

"They all got into a fight, but it seems the Nortenos were the first to make blows," Wylie said. "It turned into a big case over the course of a week."

Wylie said it appears that the number of violent crimes involving gang members increased in 2008, even though overall gang-related crimes decreased this year. The police department is still tallying up the information.

The Terra Bella case is not yet closed, and there still could be more arrests, Wylie said.


Posted by Enough!, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Dec 19, 2008 at 4:08 pm

This is hilarious. This artile makes no mention of the fact that these perpertrators of gang violence are obviously Latinos. Yet in the article on race relations, the term Latinos is freely used to describe the victims of a supposed hate crime? Talk about a selective use of labels. We are supposed to believe our town has a issue with race relations when it is being over-run with illegals, descendents of many which wind up in gangs? What about the non-racist, non-Latino bare majority in this town who owns property and pays taxes and puts up with failing schools burdened by children of illegals and increasingly threatened by gang-related issues? Let's not forget about how some of our neighborhoods are being turned into ghettos. Aren't we the victims here? Being against illegal immigration and the many ills it brings to this town does not make one a racist. It makes one a law-abiding citizen.

Posted by Democrat, a resident of Rex Manor
on Dec 19, 2008 at 11:47 pm

Hey Enough! Our city will be stronger when we are over-populated with peoples from a third world. Remember: "Our strength is in our diversity." "Think globally act locally." From a registered Democrat - The Party of Bumper Stickers.

You've got to look at the positive side. Now that my child's class curve has been lowered substantially, she is now considered a "gifted student." Oh wait, it isn't politically correct to say "gifted student" anymore-implies all the other kids are stupid.

Posted by Jon, a resident of The Crossings
on Dec 20, 2008 at 1:12 am

It's amazing how the soon to be minority white Anglo-Protestant culture that created this great nation has embarked on a path to self-efface itself from the future. Along with their European counterparts, they have opted for low birth rates and open embraces for immigrants. Oh well, survival of the most proliferant I suppose.