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Two suspected California gang members arrested after barging into home during police pursuit

September 24, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Two suspected California gang members arrested after barging into home during police pursuit

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Authorities in San Gabriel, California arrested two alleged gang members, one of whom is a wanted fugitive after he was discovered inside of a stolen car on Monday.

At least six other police agencies assisted in the arrest of 28-year-old Joseph Arthur Leal, who authorities said was a part of the “Sangra” gang,  according to the Pasadena Star-News.

Leal was released on parole and was arrested on August 8th for illegal possession of a firearm prior and was awaiting trial. He was released on bond August 19th.

A $100,000 felony arrest warrant for weapons violations was issued for Leal, though Leal’s court and jail records do not indicate what prompted the warrant to be issued.

Joseph Arthur Leal, 28, was arrested in San Gabriel along with another suspected gang member after the pair forced a group of residents out of their home and barricaded themselves inside. (San Gabriel Police Department photo)

San Gabriel authorities received a call around 6 p.m. on Monday of a stolen vehicle parked in a driveway. When police arrived, Leal and another suspect in the vehicle fled inside the residence where the car was parked.

The two alleged gang members forced the occupants out, then locked themselves inside.

Leal escaped the residence and was later discovered by a San Gabriel police K9 hiding in a backyard shed. Leal surrendered and was taken into custody.

The other man involved was also arrested, but he has not been identified.

One of the responding officers sustained a minor injury while pursuing Leal, according to San Gabriel police Sergeant Rebecca Gomez.

The man was charged with residential burglary, obstructing police causing injury, grand theft auto, and for the outstanding warrant.

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