An 18-year-old reported gang member was arrested Friday for a non-injury shooting that took place in Galt on Wednesday afternoon. Joel Anaya, of Sacramento, was arrested at around 7:30 a.m. by the Galt Police Department at the suspect's residence, according to Lt. Jim Uptegrove with Galt police. The Sacramento SWAT team assisted with the arrest, which Uptegrove said happens often for violent crimes that involve firearms.
Anaya, who police say is a known Norteno gang member, is accused of firing a small handgun multiple times at a Sureno gang member in the Harvey Park area of Galt on Wednesday. Although police were unable to locate Anaya or the victim the day of the incident, information from witnesses eventually led investigators to both individuals, Uptegrove said. The victim cooperated with police.
Anaya was booked into Sacramento County Jail Friday under five felony charges, including: assault with a deadly weapon, participation in a criminal street gang, the armed commission of a felony, and violation of probation. If officially charged with these crimes and convicted, Anaya could face up to 12 years in state prison.
His bail was set at $85,000.
Anaya is in the midst of a three-year probation, issued in connection with assault charges he faced in September. Anaya pleaded no contest to misdemeanor assault and was sentenced to 84 days in county jail in addition to probation.
Uptegrove said Anaya has been arrested in Galt before.