Crime

Kings County law enforcement busts four gang members

Adam Rodriguez
Adam Rodriguez

Kings County law enforcement dealt with two high-profile, gang-related incidents this week.

Wednesday night in Corcoran, police officers along with members of the Kings County Gang Task Force possibly stopped short a gang shooting and arrested three men, all of Corcoran.

Corcoran police say that case started Wednesday afternoon when someone shot up an empty house in Corcoran. Later, county law enforcement got a tip of a planned shooting on Ventura Avenue by Norteño gang members riding in a white Mercedes.

About 8 p.m., officers spotted a white Mercedes and followed it to a home on Mariposa Avenue, one block south of Ventura. The three men in the car were known Norteños armed with an AR-15-Assault rifle with a 30-round magazine fully loaded, a fully loaded Kimber .45 caliber and a .38 special. Officers also found three more loaded 30-round magazines, marijuana and several prescription pills without a prescription. The AR-15 and the Kimber were determined to be stolen from a Corcoran home burglary in October.

Adam Rodriguez, 22, Alex Rodriguez, 21, and Paul Marin, 26, all of Corcoran were arrested on several gun and drug charges.

Corcoran police say the investigation is continuing and ask anyone with information about the case to call police at 559-992-5151 or the Kings County Gang Task Force confidential hot-line at 559-589-1960.

Hanford police say officers subdued a self-described Norteño after he threatened to shoot people inside a home Thursday morning.

That incident started about 9 a.m. when officers were called to a home on Highland Court where 21-year-old Sergio Garcia was threatening to shoot people inside the house and was breaking fence pickets.

Police say Garcia yelled gang slurs at officers and took up a fighting stance. Officers warned Garcia that they would use their Tasers on him and he eventually complied with orders to drop to the ground. He was arrested on charges of criminal threats, threatening a police officer and a gang enhancement.

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