Monday Mar 02 2009
Sheriff’s arrest two more in connection with fight
By: Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer
Investigation ongoing into suspected gang battle
Placer County Sheriff’s officials revealed Monday that they have arrested two more people connected with a large group fight that broke out at the Auburn Greens Feb. 18. Michelle Lynn Reid and Anthony Najera, both of Auburn, are currently out on $25,000 bail each after being arrested the evening of Feb. 25 at the Applegate Motel, according to Placer County Sheriff’s spokesman Jeff Ausnow. Reid and Najera reportedly posted bail the following morning after each was charged with battery with serious bodily injury, assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm and accessory to a felony. Ausnow said both are Auburn Greens residents and are suspected of using baseball bats in a fight that left at least five with reported injuries. Authorities have also previously arrested 20-year-old Cassandra Hernandez of Auburn on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon with great bodily injury. Hernandez reportedly drove her car into several people during the fight. One of the victim’s she hit had his hand partially severed while two male juveniles sustained minor leg injuries. A 40 year-old man was also allegedly hit by Hernandez’s car. The fifth victim was reportedly stabbed in the hand. Hernandez’s father has said his daughter was fleeing for her life when she drove out of the neighborhood. The fight, which included the use of baseball bats, pipes and at least one knife, was reportedly between two street gangs known as the Norteños and Sureños, according to witness statements given to Placer Sheriff’s deputies. According to Sheriff’s officials, the fight took place in the Auburn Greens neighborhood off Highway 49 in Auburn. Ausnow said the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are possible. The Journal's Jenifer Gee can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or post a comment.