HAYWARD — Police arrested two men following reports of gunfire disturbing the tranquility at Garin Regional Park. Authorities evacuated and closed the park for several hours until authorities located the suspects.
Three law enforcement agencies responded, after several people at the park on August 20 reported gunfire shortly after 2 p.m. The suspects involved were arguing before gunfire erupted near campgrounds.
Hayward police and the California Highway Patrol assisted East Bay Regional Park District police. A CHP helicopter flying overhead helped officers on the ground locate both suspects on a nearby ridge.
Police also detained a woman who was with the suspects when the gunfire occurred at the campgrounds. However, they released her after questioning her.
Although no injuries resulted, police found evidence from a robbery and illicit narcotics when they located the two men.
Park police arrested the first suspect, Frankie R. Archuleta, 24 of Hayward, at 6 p.m.
Archuleta’s charges are negligent discharge of a firearm, robbery, grand theft, and conspiracy to commit a crime. He remains in custody at Santa Rita Jail in lieu of $200,000 bail.
The other suspect, Eric D. Perez, 26 of Hayward, was arrested by Hayward police at 6:26 p.m. He remains in custody at Santa Rita Jail in lieu of $220,000 bond.
Perez’s charges include negligent discharge of a firearm, possession of narcotics for sale, and conspiracy to commit a crime. He is familiar to authorities because of his prior arrests for burglary and public drunkenness.