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23 Gang Members Indicted in San Mateo County Jail Brawl: DA

San Mateo County sheriff's officers have arrested seven outstanding suspects charged in a 2015 assault in a county jail in Redwood City.

On Oct. 21, 2015, 23 alleged gang members assaulted another group in a common area at Maguire Correctional Facility.

The attack lasted for a little over a minute before jail staff swarmed the area and deescalated the situation, Detective Salvador Zuno said.

Two inmate victims were treated for facial injuries at a hospital, and four sheriff's office staff members sustained minor injuries.

After a months-long investigation by the San Mateo County District Attorney's office, jail staff, the sheriff's office Crime Suppression Unit, and the Gang Intelligence Unit (GIU), the grand jury indicted all 23 suspects for assault with intent to inflict great bodily injury and other gang-related enhancements.

Arrest warrants were then obtained for the 23 suspects, including East Palo Alto resident Salvador Aguilar, 19, San Jose residents Michael Blanco, 40 and Abayomi Brown, 36, Burlingame resident Brian Esqueda-Perez, 20, Redwood City residents Jose Gomez, 21, Jorge Ledwell, 22, Daniel Macias, 24, Jaime Moran, 23, William Phillips, 36, Michael Rodriguez, 52, Saul Tapia, 19, Carlos Yepez, 21 and Florentino Zavala, 19, Menlo Park resident Daniel Maldonado, 33, South San Francisco residents Jose Nava, 21 and Juan Ponce, 24, San Mateo resident Kenneth Salazar, 22 and Pacifica resident William Whitebone, 30.

The five remaining suspects have not yet had their court hearing, Zuno said.

Of the 23 suspects, eight were no longer in custody and seven had been transferred out to other state facilities, Zuno said.

From Aug. 31 to Tuesday, sheriff's officers and county probation officers, along with members of the GIU and the gang task force, tracked down and arrested seven of the eight outstanding suspects in Redwood City and San Jose.

One suspect is still outstanding, Zuno said.

The arrested suspects were booked back into the Maguire Correctional Facility. They are being held on bail ranging from $225,000 to $775,000.

"The collaborations between San Mateo County Law Enforcement and the District Attorney's Office send a clear message that gang violence, no matter where it occurs, will not be tolerated in San Mateo County. We remain committed to the safety of our jail facilities, staff and inmates," Zuno said in a statement.

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