Originally published as a Watsonville Police Department Facebook post –
“Watsonville police officers have arrested five gang members behind two separate violent attacks that left several people injured.
The first case stems from a March 26 incident outside of a liquor store on the 1100 block of Freedom Boulevard. Two men were randomly attacked by Lazaro Barajas, 22, Kevin Calderon, 22, Reybtzi Lopez, 25, and a 16-year-old teen.
During the attack, Lopez attempted to strike one of the victims with a hammer. Fortunately, the second victim managed to block the strike. The suspects eventually fled the area, leaving the victims with moderate injuries.
The second incident occurred on April 6 in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant on the 1400 block of Freedom Boulevard. A homeless man was severely injured after Barajas and a 14-year-old gang member attacked him. Bystanders were able to intervene and help the victim as the suspects left the scene.
The suspects were identified following a thorough investigation and all involved have been arrested. The 16-year-old suspect from the liquor store attack was already in custody for the attempted murder of another teen. WPD officers arrested Barajas, Calderon, and the 14-year-old gang member last week. Lopez, the last outstanding suspect, turned himself in on Monday night.
The suspects face several charges, including gang enhancements.”
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