Increasing gang activity hasn't been limited to Lodi; Galt police have also seen a number of fights between Hispanic gangs.
So far this month, at least two people have been stabbed during Galt gang fights, with neither wound considered life-threatening, according to Police Chief Loren Cattolico. Half a dozen people have been arrested.
The latest incident happened Sunday night at 10:30 p.m., when someone was assaulted in the 100 block of E Street.
Disputes between the Norteno and Sureno gangs seem to be happening throughout the region, said Lodi Police Sgt. Doug Chinn, who spent the weekend working with gang detectives in a number of Lodi probation searches.
On Friday, Lodi police found a sawed-off shotgun during a search of a home occupied by a documented gang member. Investigators are awaiting state lab test results to determine if the gun was used during the recent shooting of a man who happened to be wearing a red hat — one of the gang's colors.
Both departments said victims have not cooperated, making it more difficult for police to develop leads to catch the suspects.
In Galt, police are also conducting parole and probation searches. Between March 5 and Sunday, Cattolico said in an e-mail, the following gang-related arrests were made:
- Adrian Ponce, 18, Jamie Avalos, 20, and a 15-year-old were arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.
- Gonzalo Rodriguez, 21, was arrested on suspicion of brandishing a weapon, while 25-year-old Manual Barriga was arrested on felony warrants.
- Sigifredo Bayono, 46, was arrested on a warrant for being a felon in possession of ammunition.
Calls to police regarding the specific incidents were not returned. The incidents included Sunday's E Street scene, in which multiple law enforcement agencies were called to help.