3 arrested after gang-related traffic collision

May 16, 2012 1:20:27 PM PDT
Police arrested three alleged members of a white supremacist gang on Tuesday in connection with an April traffic collision in Santa Rosa, police said.

Three search warrants were executed on Tuesday: one at 7 a.m. in the 100 block of Scenic Drive; another at 8:30 a.m. in the 1300 block of Slater Street; and a third at 10 a.m. in the 2400 block of Joseph Court East, Santa Rosa police said.

Two suspects were stopped in a silver Nissan Xterra and a third was stopped in another vehicle, where officers found a loaded firearm, hashish and processed marijuana, police said.

The two suspects in the Xterra were identified by police as Michael Warren, Jr., 37, of Santa Rosa, and Renee C. Warren, 45, of Santa Rosa. The third suspect was identified as Joseph C. Beall, 36, of Santa Rosa.

The arrests stemmed from a traffic incident that occurred around 8 p.m. on April 20.

In that incident, an Xterra pulled up alongside a red Toyota Tercel that was stopped at a traffic light at the Stony Point Road off-ramp from state Highway 12, according to police.

The two occupants of the Tercel recognized the male and female inside the Xterra, who yelled racial slurs and challenged them to fight, even though the victims are Caucasian, police said.

Investigators said the victims are past associates of the suspects.

When the two drivers turned south onto Stony Point Road, the Xterra collided with the Tercel, and police believe the collision was intentional.

After a brief chase, the driver of the Tercel managed to escape and the victims arrived home. They called police and identified the two suspects, and after investigating, police executed the three search warrants.

Police said the three are affiliated with a white supremacist gang.

Michael Warren was arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of stolen property, marijuana sales, and assault with a deadly weapon, police said.

Renne Warren was arrested on a felony warrant for challenging others to fights.

Beall was arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, possession of stolen property, marijuana sales, and possession of hashish.

All three could be charged with gang enhancements, police said.

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