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Gun incidents result in multiple arrests

GRANDVIEW - Last Friday at approximately 2:45 p.m. Grandview police raced to the 200 block of Avenue E for a report of shots fired.

The incident was believed to be gang related, a shooting between BGL and LVL gang members.

Witnesses at the scene said a black sedan with three occupants fled the scene and two other subjects fled on foot.

Grandview police were able to obtain detailed descriptions of the two suspects on foot and were led to believe they knew the identities of the subjects.

A search warrant was obtained for a known resident of one suspect and officers visited the home on Crescent Avenue. One suspect, Santiago Brito, 18, was detained by officers at the residence.

A second suspect, Alejandro Montes de Oca, 18, was not as cooperative, but eventually was detained, as well.

The search warrant resulted in the recovery of .380 caliber bullets matching a casing found at the shooting scene. Officers also uncovered drug paraphernalia and found a .380 semi-automatic pistol located in the attic of the home.

Montes de Oca is being held by the Grandview Police Department on a requested charge of obstructing an officer. Brito is in custody on a requested felony charge of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit.

This past Saturday another five individuals were arrested after police were alerted to suspicious activity in the 200 block of Douglas Avenue. The call was received at about 1:30 p.m. and officers arriving on the scene located six individuals surrounding a car there.

An attempt to question the subjects was made, but one individual fled from officers on foot. Another officer noticed the man was carrying a gun.

The five remaining subjects were detained and taken to the Grandview Police Department for questioning.

One subject limited his cooperation, detailing for police what had been happening when officers arrived. He was, however, unwilling to identify the suspect who fled the scene.

The subject told officers a second gun could be located in the vehicle the group had been surrounding, and none of the suspects were willing to provide the name of the weapon's owner.

As a result, Rafael Medina, 20; Julian Williams, 19; Adam Leyva, 20; Sergio Ramirez, 18; and a 17-year-old female juvenile are all in custody for a requested charge of unlawful possession of a firearm.

The male suspect, only known to police as Jose, has not yet been located.

Two burglaries have also been reported to Grandview police since last Friday.

A home in the 200 block of Douglas Avenue was discovered ransacked at approximately 11:30 a.m. Saturday. It appeared the suspect breached a locked gate in back of the residence and the back door was opened by accessing a pet door. Personal belongings were strewn throughout the home, a television and game system were reported missing. A flashlight believed to belong to whomever committed the burglary was left in the yard.

A business in the 100 block of Division Street was discovered to have been burglarized at approximately 8:45 a.m. yesterday (Monday). The business owner indicated to police the suspect may have been familiar with the business because the wiring to a security camera was cut and specific drawers and cabinets had been targeted in the burglary. Missing was approximately $60 from the cash register, two cell phones, a laptop computer and bank bags containing approximately $150. The bank bags had been in a secure location accessible by key, but the burglar breached the lock.

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