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Seven teenage boys were arrested in Santa Cruz on Friday in connection with a stabbing earlier last week that seriously injured a Sacramento man, police said. The stabbing was reported on Wednesday in the 200 block of Second Street. The 18-year-old victim was walking through the area with his girlfriend when the suspects mistakenly accused him of being a Norteno gang member and challenged him, according to police.
The suspects are all allegedly members of “Killa Chicos,” a Sureno gang clique prevalent in the lower Ocean Street and Beach Flats neighborhoods of Santa Cruz, police said.The victim was stabbed, then was taken to a trauma center where he remains in serious condition, according to police. Two suspects were arrested immediately after the attack, while detectives worked over the next two days to identify the other suspects.
The seven suspects — a 14-year-old Santa Cruz resident, a 15-year-old Santa Cruz resident, four 16-year-old Santa Cruz residents and a 17-year-old Live Oak resident — were each booked into juvenile hall on suspicion of attempted homicide and participation in a criminal street gang, police said.
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