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*5 Alleged Gang Members Arrested at South San Francisco Party

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Five suspected Norteno gang members were arrested Sunday and Monday for their alleged involvement in the assault and robbery of a group of high school students early Sunday morning, according to South San Francisco police. The incident happened at about 1:55 a.m. at a hotel on Airport Boulevard in South San Francisco, where a group of students was holding a post-prom party, according to police. The group of suspected gang members arrived at the party uninvited and demanded alcoholic beverages, police said. They were asked to leave and a fight broke out, during which a 16-year-old girl was badly beaten by a suspected female gang member, according to police. The suspects eventually left after stealing property belonging to various partygoers, police said. A chaperone followed the suspects’ car in her own vehicle while calling police from a cell phone, police said. Before police could respond, the suspects stopped their vehicle, assaulted the chaperone and stole her phone, police said. Arriving officers arrested one of the suspects, but the rest were able to flee, police said. On Monday night, Pacifica police pulled over a vehicle occupied by
three men and a juvenile girl. A South San Francisco police officer overheard the stop on a police radio and alerted Pacifica police that the car’s occupants may have taken part of the previous day’s incident.  An investigation revealed that the suspects had numerous items in their possession that had been stolen from the victims, police said. All five suspects are being held on gang-related assault and battery, theft, possession of stolen property, and robbery charges, according to police.

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