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* Nicholas Cacace arrested in alleged Santa Rosa gang related fight

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Santa Rosa police are investigating what they believe was a gang-related fight on Saturday that led to one arrest after a juvenile was pistol-whipped.At about 7 p.m. Saturday, police officers were sent to the Gray’s Meadow apartment complex on Meadow Way just east of U.S. Highway 101 in southern Santa Rosa after receiving a report about a fight involving about 10 people.When they arrived, police found a 16-year-old victim who was bleeding from cuts on his head and face. The Santa Rosa boy received treatment for his “relatively minor” injuries at a local hospital, police said.Witnesses told police that a group of young men and women who had gathered in the complex’s common area had become engaged in a fight. Gang-related epithets were allegedly shouted during the fight by people associated with the Norteno Street Gang, police said.During the altercation, 23-year-old Nicholas Cacace allegedly pulled a handgun from his waistband and pointed it at the crowd, shouting at them, police said.Cacace then allegedly struck the 16-year-old boy in the head with the gun, causing his injuries, police said. Officers detained Cacace and several other in a nearby apartment after a short search.Cacace was later arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, police said. Police investigations indicate that he is apparently associated with the Norteno Street Gang.Detectives from the department’s Gang Crimes Investigations Team are still investigating this incident.

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