Five men with alleged gang ties were arrested early this morning in Woodland following a report of a fight outside a convenience store.
Police were dispatched at 12:52 a.m. to a 7-Eleven store at 301 Cottonwood St., where a man reportedly had been attacked.
Officers arrived within minutes and found two suspects, later identified as Christian Roa, 21, and Jose Jimenez-Munoz, 20, both of Woodland, on Cottonwood Street near Lincoln Avenue. The two were taken into custody without incident. Additional officers responded and found two other suspects, 19-year-old Justin Gonzalez and 21-year-old Anthony Ozuna, both of Woodland. They were found on Community Lane between West Lincoln Avenue and West Main Street, and also were taken into custody without incident.
The victim told police that he had been approached by five or six people outside the store and asked for money. He said the suspects then attacked him without provocation. He sustained injuries but refused medical treatment, according to a Police Department news release.
The victim, who police said is not believed to be associated with a gang, reported that his attackers stole various items from him and yelled gang slurs during the assault. He identified the four suspects in custody as the people who attacked him and stole his belongings, police said. Some of the victim's property was recovered.
When officers were on Community Lane, an individual was seen peeking out of bushes near the northwest corner of Community Lane and West Lincoln Avenue, and his behavior also was reported by a witness. The individual, later identified as 19-year-old Juan Fuentes of Woodland, was found hiding in the bushes. Police said he refused officers' commands to come out and was forcibly taken into custody. The victim subsequently identified Fuentes as a suspect in the robbery, according to police.
Roa, Jimenez-Munoz, Gonzalez, Ozuna and Fuentes were booked into the Monroe Detention Center in Woodland on suspicion of robbery and participation in a criminal street gang, both felonies. Fuentes also was booked on suspicion of resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer in the performance of his or her duties, a misdemeanor.
Anyone with information regarding the incident or the suspects is asked to call the Woodland Police Department at (530) 666-2411.