Five suspects from four Northern California cities arrested, 10 firearms seized in gang-related bust

SAN FRANCISCO — Authorities on Wednesday announced the arrest of five suspects on various charges, including attempted homicide, in connection with three gang-related shootings over the last three months.

A news release from the San Francisco Police Department said officers found more than 120 shell casings at the sites of the three shootings, which were spread from March through May. Two victims suffered gunshot wounds in separate incidents, but neither had life-threatening injuries.

Warrants were served Tuesday in San Francisco, on the Peninsula, in the South and East bays and in Sacramento, with gang task force members arresting Joaquin Powell-Smith, 19, of Pittsburg; Dominic Logan, 25, of San Jose; Reco Maximo, 21, of Sacramento; Khejon Nelson, 22, of Concord; and Rasace Fiapoto, 22, of Concord.

Officers also seized 10 firearms and ammunition.

The first shooting was on the afternoon of March 14 on Brookdale Avenue. Officers responded to a report of shots fired and found multiple vehicles and homes struck by gunfire.

On April 29, police were called back to the same area, again in the afternoon. That time, they found a 25-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound; he was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

The third shooting took place shortly after 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12 around the area of Jules and Ocean Avenue, about two and a half miles from the scenes of the earlier shootings. Officers located a 50-year-old man with a gunshot wound; it was also considered non-life threatening,.

At least 30 shell casings were located at each site after all three incidents including more than 50 that were found by officers on April 29.

All five suspects were booked into San Francisco County Jail on suspicion of attempted homicide and assault with a firearm.

Powell-Smith was also booked on a probation violation and suspicion of participation in a street gang, while Logan was also booked on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm and participation in a street gang.

Fiapoto was booked on suspicion of negligent discharge of a firearm, being a felon in possession of a firearm and a probation violation. Nelson was booked on suspicion of negligent discharge of a firearm and carrying a concealed weapon.

Maximo was also booked on suspicion of participation in a street gang.

San Francisco police said that while arrests have been made, the investigations remain open. Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call the SFPD 24-hour tip line at 1-415-575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD. Tipsters may remain anonymous.

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Author: Kerry Crowley