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Raid on cockfight leads to five arrests in Yolo County

Published: Monday, May. 19, 2014 - 2:25 pm

Five people were taken into custody over the weekend when law enforcement officers raided a cockfight in Yolo County.

Yolo County sheriff’s deputies, assisted by officers from the Davis Police Department, went to a residence at in the 23400 block of County Road 28 about 11 p.m. Saturday after the Sheriff’s Department received a tip that a cockfight was to take place at that location. On the property, they found a large barn outfitted with a cockfighting ring and cockfights in progress, according to a Sheriff’s Department news release.

About 70 people, including two juveniles, were in attendance, authorities said, and most took off running when law enforcement officers arrived.

Five people were arrested at the scene on suspicion of various offenses, including felony animal cruelty, conspiracy and possession of bird-fighting equipment, and were taken to the county’s Monroe Detention Center in Woodland. In addition, 14 people were cited for attending a cockfight.

Officers recovered 10 dead roosters, 52 live roosters, cockfighting spurs and approximately $15,000 in cash, according to the news release. Ten other roosters were confiscated but had to be euthanized as a result of their injuries, authorities said.

Booked were Esteban Birelas, 34, of Dixon; Fililogonio Escarcega, 52, of Petaluma; Miguel Angel Garcia, 51, of Richmond; Jorge Gonzalez Garcia, 50, of Richmond; and Luis Antonio Bravo Cabrera, 40, of Sacramento. Bail was set at $20,000 for all but Birelas, whose bail was set at $60,000. Sheriff’s officials said all five have since bailed out of custody.

They are to be arraigned June 18.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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