SANTA ROSA (BCN) — Santa Rosa police traveled to Bishop Monday to arrest the fourth suspect in a gang assault at a Motel 6 in May.
Eight to 10 males assaulted a 29-year-old Hispanic man who was smoking marijuana with friends in one of the rooms at the motel at 2760 Cleveland Ave. on May 20, police said.
The suspects identified themselves as gang members and shouted gang challenges to the victim before kicking and punching him, police said.
Police found the semi-conscious victim, who was not associated with a gang, on the floor of the room. He was rushed to a hospital for emergency treatment of critical head injuries.
Two suspects, Maurice Dionico Vazquez, 19, and Maurice Martin Marchbanks, 25, both of Santa Rosa, were arrested in May. They were booked in the Sonoma County Jail for attempted murder and gang enhancements, police said.
A third suspect, Joseph Cervantes, 19, of Santa Rosa, turned himself in to the Santa Rosa Police Department on June 18 and he was booked for attempted murder with gang enhancements, Sgt. Tommy Isachsen said.
Detectives continued the investigation and identified a fourth suspect, Alfonso McCloud, 24, of Santa Rosa, who was hiding in Bishop, Isachsen said.
The Inyo County sheriff’s and District Attorney’s offices and Bishop police found McCloud in a vehicle traveling on West Pine Street in Bishop Monday and took him into custody while Santa Rosa police detectives were en route, Isachsen said.
McCloud was arrested on outstanding warrants related to the assault investigation, Isachsen said. He was booked into the Inyo County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder with gang enhancements, and will be extradited to Sonoma County in the near future.
Detectives are still pursuing leads on outstanding suspects of the assault, and a reward up to $2,500 has been offered by the Sonoma County Alliance for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the gang assault suspects.