(Press Release) On Friday Kings County Gang Task Force (KCGTF) Investigators received information that there was going to be a large Norteno gang party in the 500 block of East Cameron Street. KCGTF Investigators patrolled the area and at about 11:00 p.m. they noticed large groups of juveniles walking the streets and arriving in vehicles. KCGTF Investigators conducted surveillance on the location in unmarked vehicles and watched as numerous people entered a home. During the surveillance, someone contacted the Hanford Police Department complaining of a Juvenile party and possible underage drinking.
At about 11:30 p.m. KCGTF Investigators along with the Hanford Police Department and the Kings County Sheriff’s Department arrived. Investigators entered the home and saw that there were nearly 100 people inside who were drinking and smoking Marijuana. Most of the partiers were juveniles and a majority were also Norteno gang members or associates.
A search of the home revealed three small children; ages 8, 10, and 13 who were crying inside a bedroom. The children ran up and hugged the officers pleading for help. They told the Investigators that their mother was at work and they were scared of all the people inside the home and the loud music was hurting their ears. Investigators also found that the room the children were in was littered with dog feces and discarded trash.
Investigators also recovered several knives, daggers, and a Machete which had been discarded throughout the residence by the party goers. A keg of beer, several bottles of alcohol, and gang indicia was also found throughout the home. The 16-year-old who was throwing the party and was supposed to watch the young children was ultimately arrested and booked into KCJC for Child Endangerment, Minor in Possession of Alcohol, and Participation in a Criminal Street Gang. 23 adults between the ages of 18 and 24 were arrested for Contributing to the Delinquency of a minor, Child Endangerment, and Participation in a Criminal Street Gang. These adults were identified as: 24-year-old Johnny Cardenas-Moreno, 22-year-old Angel Moreno, 18-year-old Michael Williams, 18-year-old Luis Leon, 18-year-old Miki Schell, 18-year-old Anthony Sanchez, 19-year-old Vincent Diaz, 18-year-old Lisa Amador, 19-year-old Luis Avila, 18-year-old Edgar Gonzalez, 18-year-old Rudy Barrera, 18-year-old Dominique Reyes, 18-year-old Roman Mendez-Flores, 18-year-old Cesar Mortera, 21-year-old Jose Rojas, 19-year-old Juan Sahagun, 18-year-old Gustavo Leon, 18-year-old David Aguiniga, 18-year-old Perscilla Ruacho, 19-year-old Sarah Vasquez, 23-year-old Victoria Coronado, 18-year-old Salvador Carasco, and 18-year-old Michael Davis. Most of the adults had been drinking or Smoking Marijuana and had to be placed in the drunk tank at the jail.
Several patrol cars from the Kings County Sheriff’s Office and the Hanford Police Department had to be used to transport them to the Kings County Jail. Investigators and Officers also cited 50 juveniles at the party for being Minors in Possession of Alcohol. All parents were contacted to come take their teens home.
The home owner who was at work at the time of the party was contacted and came to take custody of the small children. The homeowner did not have any knowledge of the party and was extremely concerned at what had happened.
The youngest juvenile at the party who had been drinking and in possession of alcohol was 11-years-old. KCGTF Investigators were extremely concerned for the three small children who had to go through this traumatic experience and witness the amount of gang members drinking and smoking narcotics in their residence. This was a great team effort between the Kings County Gang Task Force, Hanford Police Department, Kings County Sheriff’s Office, and the Kings County Jail intake unit.