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2 alleged gang members arrested after Ripon incident

Two gang members were arrested and a third is being sought by Ripon police after a confrontation Sunday night in which a fourth man fired an apparent warning shot.

Just before 10 p.m., police responded to the area of West Washington Street and Key Avenue after reports of a possible home burglary, according to a news release.

Officers also were told that a gunshot had been fired by the victim. A resident in the 200 block of West Washington told police he heard banging on the exterior of his apartment.

While investigating the noise, the victim saw three men outside. A brief confrontation occurred and, according to the victim, the three suspects advanced on him.

The victim displayed a semi-automatic pistol and fired one round into the ground as he retreated toward his residence, in hopes of scaring off the suspects, the news release said.

The three suspects retreated but remained in the area until police arrived. Officers captured two men about two blocks away.

Lamberto Godina, 18, of Ripon and Jose Mendoza, 19, of Salida were booked at the San Joaquin County Jail on charges of assault, trespassing and creating a disturbance.

Officers are trying to find the third suspect.

All three are documented members of the Norteño street gang.

Police also will ask the district attorney's office to review possible charges against the victim for discharging a firearm within city limit. Police are not releasing his name because he fears for his safety. Police say there has been an increase in criminal activity in the area, mostly gang-related.

They urge anyone with information to call 599-2102.

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