September 10, 2012

Gang quarrel leads to arrest

After a gang-related confrontation during the weekend in Livingston, police said, two people were arrested in the brandishing of a weapon.

Luciano Cendejas and Emanuel Zavala were outside Brother's Food Mart in Livingston on Saturday about 6 p.m. when a car full of suspected gang members drove up, police said.

A witness told police that the two groups exchanged threats and that Cendejas, who is believed to have severed ties to the gang, displayed a gun. The car was driven away, officers said, and the two men -- Cendejas and Zavala -- left in another vehicle.

The witness reportedly followed Cendejas and Zavala to an apartment in Winton, and law enforcement officers soon arrived. Livingston police and Merced County sheriff's deputies found the pair at the apartment and found a .45-caliber pistol wrapped in clothing.

Cendejas and Zavala were taken into custody for investigation of possession of a weapon by a felon and brandishing a firearm, according to officials. They were booked into the Merced County Jail.

Cendejas is on probation and Zavala is on parole.

Anyone with information on gang crimes in Livingston or the surrounding area is urged to notify the Livingston Police Department at (209) 394-7916, or through the anonymous tip line at (209) 394-3640.

Reporter Joshua Emerson Smith can be reached at (209 385-2486 or

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