South Lake Tahoe police monitoring the site of an earlier drive-by shooting arrested seven people on Halloween after finding weapons in their cars.
Police said a man was wounded in a gang-related drive-by shooting on Oct. 14 on Spruce Avenue. Because of that shooting and another instance of gunfire, plainclothes officers in unmarked cars kept an eye out for brewing violence on Halloween.
About midnight, two carloads of men and boys drove onto Spruce Avenue. Some of them had covered their faces with blue bandanas, police said.
Believing that a crime was about to occur – or may have already happened – the officers detained the occupants of both vehicles. Searches turned up a stun gun, a switchblade, a metal bat, brass knuckles, and a loaded and concealed pistol, according to a police news release.
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Five men and two boys were arrested on charges that included conspiracy to commit a crime, illegal possession of weapons and contributing to the delinquency of minors. The adults arrested were Oscar Arreola, Jorge Medrano, Garcia Camacho and America Limon, all 18-year-old residents of South Lake Tahoe, and Guian-Renz Corpus Agbigay, 20, of South Lake Tahoe.