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Troubles reported at downtown bars

POSTED May 1, 2012 10:21 p.m.

Turlock police officers were kept busy late Saturday night and early Sunday with a pair of arrests and several reported crimes at two downtown bars.

The troubles began around 11:45 p.m. Saturday with a fight reported at the Las Iguanas Nightclub at 132 S. First St. The security at the bar called the police to report a patron was fighting with them and refusing to leave the establishment. The man, later identified as Luis Hinojosa, 34, of Turlock, was still being confrontational when police arrived and was arrested for public intoxication, according to the police report.

A little more than an hour later officers were at the neighboring bar — El Jaliciense Bar at 142 S. First St. — to conduct a bar check after receiving a tip that known gang members were present, said police spokesman Sgt. Stephen Webb.

When the officers entered the bar several men were seen going into a bathroom. The officers exited the bar and then went back in and saw the same group of subjects go back into the bathroom, Webb said. Officers went into the bathroom and found a man pulling a firearm from a garbage can. Jose Nava, 23, of Turlock was booked for being a felon in possession of a firearm. The police recovered Nava’s loaded .357 revolver, Webb said.

While officers were taking Nava into custody they found themselves being heckled by several bar patrons and within a half hour one of those hecklers would be calling the police for help. Around 1:30 a.m. Sunday a man called the police department to say he had been robbed of his wallet by a group of men outside the Las Iguanas Nightclub. The man did point out a vehicle with men inside it that he thought were involved in the robbery, but he turned out to be mistaken, Webb said. No suspects were apprehended for the robbery.

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