Fairfield police broke up a potential fight between two rival youth groups and arrested two of the participants on weapons charges Thursday afternoon. Neighbors called police around 3:45 p.m. to report that as many as 25 youths, some with guns, were posturing as if to fight at 2900 Camrose Drive near Sunrise Park, Sgt. Jeff Osgood said. When police arrived the youths broke up into smaller groups and tried to leave the area but police detained most of them in two distinct groups, Osgood said. The youths still taunted and insulted one another to try to provoke a confrontation even after police arrived, Osgood said.
Police searched the youths for weapons and discovered two of them were armed, Osgood said. Kortney Avent, 18, of Fairfield was arrested for possessing a concealed and loaded .45 caliber Berretta semi-automatic pistol and conspiracy to commit an assault with a firearm.
Randale Ferguson, 20, of Fairfield, was arrested for possession of an illegal assault weapon, a Master Piece Arms 9mm pistol, possession of a loaded firearm in public and conspiracy to commit an assault with a firearm. None of the others involved in the disturbance were armed but they were arrested for disturbing the peace and taken to the Fairfield Police station for further investigation, Osgood said.
Police believe the altercation was part of an ongoing dispute between the two groups. A 16-year-old, considered the primary instigator of the altercation, was among those arrested, Osgood said. Police believe he convinced Ferguson and Avent to bring guns to the altercation in case it did not go as planned, Osgood said.
Several of the youths at the scene accompanied others as “back-up,” Osgood said. Accordingly, 10 of the juveniles were cited for disturbing the peace or conspiracy to disturb the police and were released to their parents, Osgood said. Police are investigating whether the seized weapons were stolen from a home in Suisun recently. There will be additional arrests if that information is confirmed, Osgood said.
The two groups do not meet the definition of a criminal street gang as defined by the California Penal Code, Osgood said, but the groups’ disturbing behavior may lead to one or both groups being designated as criminal street gangs if the behavior continues. Osgood said if the neighbors had not become involved, there might have been a tragic ending to the altercation for either police or the youths.
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