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Trio charged in gang-related assault

POSTED December 31, 2009 4:41 p.m.
Three people from Modesto, including two teenagers, were taken into custody Wednesday morning during a warrant sweep on attempted murder charges related to a gang assault, according to the Modesto Police Department.
The arrests were connected to an assault that occurred on Dec. 24 at Muncy Park by multiple suspects. Investigators believe the 18-year-old victim was attacked by a group of subjects and beaten in the head and body with wooden and metal objects. He received major injuries including head trauma and broken bones during the assault, Sgt. Brian Findlen said.
Officers were able to identify two 16-year-olds as responsible in the attack. A third subject, Sandeep Anand, 29, of Modesto, was also identified as assisting the juveniles in the attack on the victim, and was arrested during the sweep. All three subjects are being charged with attempted murder and criminal gang enhancements.  All three have been linked to, or claim to be, members of a Norteno street gang, Findlen said. At least one of the weapons used in the assault was located during the arrests.
Anand was taken into custody at his house on the 1800 block of Wylie Avenue and later booked at the Stanislaus County Jail for attempted murder and gang enhancements. The two juveniles were located at one of their residences after it was surrounded by team members and they were called out. They initially refused to come out of the house, but they were eventually brought out of the residence by police. Both were booked at the Stanislaus County Juvenile Hall for attempted murder and gang enhancements. Two other juveniles who were at the same residence were cited for resisting/delaying officers after refusing to come out.

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