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Sonoma County deputies arrested three alleged gang members exposed themselves and fired shots at a nearby Taco Bell

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Sonoma County deputies arrested three people Friday night after a group of suspected gang members allegedly exposed themselves to a security guard in a park near Sonoma and fired shots at a nearby Taco Bell. The group was first spotted drinking beer in Maxwell Farms Regional Park by a security guard around 9 p.m., according to Sgt. Spencer Crum, a spokesman for the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.

When the guard confronted them, the suspects allegedly pulled their pants down and exposed themselves to him and threw opened beers at him, Crum said. The security guard told them he would call police, and the suspects told him to go ahead before walking away toward state Highway 12. A short time later, the guard heard shots fired from a nearby Taco Bell on Highway 12, Crum said.

Numerous people were seen running from the area, some of whom got into a white Nissan pickup and fled east on E. Verano Avenue. Deputies caught three suspects running from the area. Byron Alvarez, 24, and an unnamed 17-year-old male were identified as among those who had exposed themselves to the security guard, and arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure. Juan Chavarria, 20, was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication.

All three are residents of El Verano. The subject who fired the shots was not located and no gun was found, but shell casings were found on the sidewalk near the Taco Bell. The shooting remains under investigation.

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