SFPD arrests 2 suspected gang members

March 13, 2009 1:44:54 PM PDT
San Francisco police on Wednesday arrested two suspected gang members on gun charges in the city's Mission and Western Addition neighborhoods, police said today.

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The two arrests came separately, at 2:30 p.m. in the 3100 block of Mission Street and at 6:40 p.m. in the 1100 block of Scott Street, police said.

The first arrest, of suspected Norteno gang member Eduardo Hernandez, 18, of Daly City, came when plainclothes officers spotted him and two other known Norteno members standing near where a gang-related shooting had occurred last week, according to police.

The area, near the intersection of Mission Street and Powers Avenue, is just south of the city's Norteno gang injunction area.

While questioning the three, officers found a stolen, loaded handgun and five rounds of ammunition on Hernandez, police said. He was booked into jail on charges of carrying a concealed firearm, carrying a loaded firearm, possession of stolen property and participating in a criminal street gang. The other two teens, ages 18 and 17, were released.

The second arrest occurred when plainclothes officers approached Donnie Bell, 27, a suspected member of the Choppa City Central gang, on Scott Street between Turk and Eddy streets, and saw him hide a handgun in a stairwell, police said.

A subsequent search of Bell's Kirkwood Avenue home, in the city's Bayview District, uncovered a 9mm handgun, according to police. Bell had been released from parole on Feb. 25 for an earlier robbery and was booked Wednesday on suspicion of firearm possession, police said. Though Bell was found within the Western Addition's Choppa City gang injunction area, he had not been named as one of the gang members in the injunction, police said.

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