4 teens arrested for burglary, assault

March 13, 2009 1:10:51 PM PDT
Watsonville police arrested four teenagers early this morning in connection with an auto burglary and the assault of two people with a crowbar.

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Officers responded to a disturbance at about 2:30 a.m. on McKenzie Avenue Upon arrival, officers learned that a man had caught two people in the act of breaking into his mother's car in the area of 524 McKenzie Ave., according to police.

The man and his nephew had gotten into their van and attempted to confront the suspects, police said. The two suspects were then joined by a third person and all three began to attack the man and his nephew in their vehicle.

One suspect hit the van with a crowbar, breaking its windows and striking the driver's hand, which caused him to lose control of the van and crash into a parked car, according to police.

Meanwhile, another suspect threatened to stab the man's nephew with a screwdriver, police said.

At some point, all three suspects fled and hid in a nearby garage, where they were later found by police. The victims identified the three as their attackers and they were arrested. A fourth person who had also been hiding in the garage was arrested for aiding in a felony.

Two of the suspects were identified as Luis Rodriguez and Brian Campos, both 18, of Watsonville. The names of the other two suspects, a 16- and 17-year-old from Watsonville, have been withheld because they are juveniles, according to police.

Police recovered some of the stolen items, along with the screwdriver and crowbar, in the garage. They also found gang memorabilia and a rifle.

Police are asking anyone with information on the incident to call the investigations unit at (831) 768-3350 or the crime tip line at (831) 728-3544.

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