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* Mario Fregoso arrested an alleged gang member suspected of hitting a Watsonville man with a baseball bat

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Police arrested an alleged gang member suspected of hitting a Watsonville man with a baseball bat on Tuesday, officials said. Watsonville police arrested Mario Fregoso, 18, after multiple witnesses identified him as one of the men suspected of assaulting a man on Jasper Way Saturday afternoon, police officials said. The victim was struck with a baseball bat multiple times by two suspects who yelled gang slogans and claimed Jasper Way as the gang’s territory at about 3:15 p.m., according to police.

The victim suffered injuries as a result of the attack, but police said they were not life-threatening.The second suspect has not been identified, police officials said.Police previously arrested Fregoso for allegedly throwing rocks at the same victim’s home Friday evening, police officials said.Watsonville police first responded to the victim’s house just before 7 p.m. Friday when the man reported that gang members were throwing rocks at the victim and harassing him and his son, officials said.Police said officers could not find the suspects because they left the area in a vehicle.

Fregoso and another suspected gang member, Patrick Diaz, returned at around 7:45 p.m. Friday and allegedly threw rocks at the victim’s home. The victim called the police, who returned to find Fregoso and Diaz running from the scene.Both men were heavily intoxicated and in violation of their probation terms, according to police.They were arrested and taken to Santa Cruz County Jail, officials said. Anyone with information regarding Saturday’s attack is asked to call the Watsonville Police Department.

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