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Sheriff Nabs Four for Goleta Gang Assault

Suspects Reportedly Attacked Skateboarder on Tecolote Avenue


Reports of an alleged gang fight on Tuesday in Goleta resulted in the arrest of four suspects on charges of robbery and assault.

According to a Sheriff’s Department report, a 16-year-old skateboarder was riding near the intersection of Tecolote and Aguila avenues around 8:40 p.m. when he was attacked by four teenage males who punched and kicked him to the point that he was later taken to Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital for treatment.

A Sherriff’s deputy in the area shortly thereafter spotted a car that matched the description of one that witnesses saw leaving the scene. The deputy stopped the vehicle at gunpoint and, following an investigation, arrested the three youths inside: Reymundo Macias of Santa Barbara, age 19; Martin Lule Zamora of Isla Vista, age 19; and Oscar Jesus Castillo of Goleta, age 18. Investigators also went to a nearby home, where they found and arrested a 16-year-old suspect and confiscated the victim’s skateboard.

In addition to robbery and assault, the four were also charged with conspiracy, receiving stolen property, and a gang enhancement. The 16-year-old suspect was taken to Juvenile Hall, while the other three were booked into the County Jail on $100,000 bail.

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