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Armed Gang Members Arrested on 101 Near Healdsburg

Group includes Windsor residents, CHP says.

 

Two North Sonoma County men were arrested Saturday on suspicion of armed gang members and committing other offenses, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Elmer Euracio, 20, and Enrique Gonzalez, 21, both of Windsor, were taken into custody near the Arata off-ramp of Highway 101 after a 2:50 p.m. call that originated in Santa Rosa, said CHP spokeman Jon Sloat.

Both men were booked into Sonoma County Jail on suspicion of being a gang member in possession of a firearm, possession of a concealed weapon, possession of a stolen firearm, threatening with a deadly weapon and violation of probation.

According to Sloat, the incident began at about 2:50 p.m. Saturday, when CHP dispatch broadcasted a call of a party being pursued by a Ford Mustang whose occupants were armed with a handgun.

"The party reported that the suspects had initially brandished a handgun at him at a gas station on College Avenue in Santa Rosa and had been following them since they left," Sloat said. "A CHP aircraft in the area spotted the Mustang on southbound 101 near Healdsburg Avenue.

"CHP Officers responded, and found the Mustang near the Arata off-ramp," Sloat added. "The vehicle was stopped, and the occupants removed at gunpoint."

After police identified the suspects, they searched the car. According to Sloat, the officers said they found a loaded .38 caliber revolver and a container of marijuana.

After taking Euracio and Gonzalez into custody, officers did a background check that indicated the two men are both known gang members on probation, Sloat said.

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