Three non-students have been arrested in connection with a fight on the campus of Alisal High School in Salinas on Friday that injured an assistant principal and two school supervisors, police said. Two of the suspects, 18-year-old Juan Carlos Ortega and a 16-year-old boy, were arrested Friday at the campus on suspicion of fighting on school grounds and battery on a school official, police said.
The third suspect, Jesus Perez “Justo” Rivas, 19, was arrested Saturday night in Salinas on suspicion of fighting on school grounds, battery on a school official, conspiracy, trespassing, violating his probation and gang enhancements, police said. Shortly before 3 p.m. Friday, Salinas police responded to a report of a fight at the school, located at 777 Williams Road, according to police.
Ortega, Rivas and the juvenile suspect, who police allege are all gang members, entered the school grounds with the intention of picking a fight with rival gang members. When confronted by a school supervisor, the three suspects claimed they were on campus to pick up some things from an art class, police said. The suspects then allegedly approached the first person they took for a gang member, an 18-year-old student, and started a fight, police said.
According to police, after school officials broke up the fight, the three suspects began to shout gang slogans, triggering a second fight with a 16-year-old student. The school’s assistant principal and two school supervisors suffered minor injuries while breaking up the second fight, police said.
Officers who arrived at the school took Ortega and the juvenile into custody but Rivas fled and warrants were issued for his arrest, police said. At 8:30 p.m. Saturday, officers arrested Rivas after recognizing him at the scene of an unrelated incident in the 1000 block of Montana Street in Salinas, police said.
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