A 21-year-old man was sentenced Friday for a gang-related robbery in May in Salinas, according to the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office. Arnold Diaz, a Salinas resident, was sentenced to 300 days in county jail for robbing a cellphone from a jogger, district attorney officials said. On May 14, Salinas police found a victim near the area of East Laurel Drive and Constitution Boulevard with a bloody lip and bruised left eye, officials said.
The victim said Diaz allegedly approached him while jogging and asked “What do you claim” and Where are you from?” apparently inquiring about gang affiliations, officials said. The jogger responded he was not in a gang, however Diaz chased the victim and began punching him and demanded his phone, which he eventually grabbed. Allegedly the victim saw gang-related tattoos on Diaz when he took the phone from the victim’s hand. Diaz will be on felony probation for three years.
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