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Three arrested for window smashing

WINTON -- Three 18-year-olds went on a window-smashing spree Monday night and early Tuesday morning, doing more than $5,000 damage to at least seven vehicles, according to Merced County Sheriff's Department reports.

Christian Adrian Cisneros, Edgar Simon Duran and Luis Esteban Robles-Perez of Winton, all Sureno criminal street gang members, were arrested on five counts of felony vandalism, conspiracy and gang enhancement charges, said Deputy Paul Barile, department spokesman.

They remained jailed Tuesday night in lieu of $125,000 bail.

Barile said for about two hours, the vandals threw decorative landscaping bricks through car windows in random incidents. When confronted by one of the car owners, they reportedly brandished a knife.

Deputy Clint Landrum said a combined effort of Sgt. Scott Dover, himself and deputies Darren Amis, Fred Robinson and Mark Taylor resulted in the vandalism arrests. He said deputies saturated the Winton area and the suspects were stopped at gunpoint at Santa Fe Drive and Olive Avenue. The knife was recovered.

Landrum said the first incident was reported about 10:45 p.m. and the vandals were arrested about 1:49 a.m. Barile and Landrum said more incidents likely took place but have gone unreported.

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