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Two arrests made in fight

Pair allegedly are gang members

Posted: November 8, 2008 7:49 p.m.
Updated: November 9, 2008 4:30 a.m.

Sheriff deputies respond to a fight in the parking lot of the Canyon Country Jack in the Box on Soledad Canyon Road and Crossglade Avenue Saturday afternoon. Two alleged gang members were arrested.

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s deputies arrested two alleged gang members, 22-year-old Randy Ramirez and a 17-year-old juvenile, for assault with a deadly weapon in front of a Jack in the Box restaurant in Canyon Country Saturday evening.

A deputy arrived moments after the alleged assault as he drove by on Soledad Canyon Road at about 3:15 p.m.

“Gang members from the (San Fernando) Valley drove up and saw a couple individuals who they thought were gang members,” said Sheriff’s Station Sgt. Brian Allen. “A mutual fight broke out and escalated. It got pretty nasty.”

“One victim was beaten and kicked in the head,” Lt. Tom Bryski said.

Allen said the juvenile victim suffered significant injuries.

But when the father showed up at the restaurant, he took his son, said Deputy Jim Larkin. “He didn’t want an ambulance to interfere; too expensive,” Larkin said.

The father refused to comment.

The parking lot was filled with multiple Sheriff’s cars and one silver Mitsubishi Eclipse which belonged to one of the parties involved, according to Larkin. Deputies eventually released a woman who drove away in the Eclipse.

Two juvenile bystanders reported seeing multiple people jump out of a car in the parking lot and one male smash another male’s head against a retaining wall.

Leo Rodriguez, employee team leader at Jack in the Box, did not see any of the brawl but confirmed no action took place inside the restaurant.

Four to six people were involved overall, Allen said. Deputies took the two suspects to the SCV Sheriff's station for questioning and investigation.

An additional suspect remains outstanding and unidentified.


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