An arrest was made last Friday, August 28, in Madera of a suspected member of one of the Hispanic gangs operating in the San Joaquin Valley. According to the official media report released by the Madera Department of Corrections,Andrew Diaz, 27, was apprehended for two counts of criminal street gang activity and one count of felony possession of a firearm by a prohibited felon. Records show that Diaz had been arrested in 2012 for street terrorism and possession of stolen property.
Prior to that, in 2006, when he was 18, he was arrested for exhibiting a deadly weapon and a firearm, participation in a street gang, and criminal conspiracy. In 2007 he was charged with carrying a loaded and concealed weapon, promoting a street gang, resisting arrest and violating probation.
According to the booking records, Diaz lives in north Madera, near James Monroe Elementary School, and works in Fresno for a hydrotechnology company.
He was booked and held without bail at the Madera County Jail pending his next court date.