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Teen injured in Delhi gang fight

POSTED October 20, 2009 11:42 p.m.
A fight between two rival gangs in Delhi left a 15-year-old boy with multiple stab wounds.
The teen was air-lifted to a Modesto hospital and is expected to recover from his injuries, Merced County Sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Tom MacKenzie said.
Merced County Sheriff’s Deputy Patrick Heaney was on patrol in the area of Shanks Road and Darlington Avenue around 3:30 p.m. Monday when he was flagged down and told of a fight at the nearby Liberty Market.
When Heaney arrived he found the 15-year-old boy on the ground with three stab wounds — two to his left side and one to his left arm, MacKenzie said.
The investigation into the attack revealed that the 15-year-old had been confronted by at least two members of a rival gang and that a fight broke out over some past grievances, MacKenzie said.
During the altercation one of the gang members pulled out a knife and began stabbing and kicking the victim, MacKenzie said.
Heaney was able to identify the suspect as Francisco Salgado, 18, and took him into custody. The second attacker is still at large, MacKenzie said. Detective Alex Barba said it is unknown whether both suspects had knives.
MacKenzie said it was unclear how many people were actually involved in the fight because the victim had been uncooperative with investigators. The investigation is ongoing.
Salgado was booked into Merced County Jail on charges of assault with a deadly weapon with gang enhancements.
To contact Sabra Stafford, e-mail sstafford@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2002.

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