The first signs of retaliation for last week’s acquittal of a Flagstaff man accused in a gang-related murder have begun to the surface.
According to reports from the Flagstaff Police Department, an unknown suspect believed to be a westside Flagstaff gang member pointed a gun at a couple and their 2-year-old daughter at a known hangout for eastside gang members Sunday around 6:50 p.m. The incident happened outside a residence in the 2500 block of North West Street known as “Casa de la Chata.”
One of the victims told police she, her boyfriend and the child had just been dropped off outside the residence when she saw a silver Honda approach their location heading westbound on Colanthe Avenue. The vehicle stopped in front of the house.
“This is the westside,” the victim heard someone yell from inside the vehicle.
She then saw the person in the front passenger seat point a black handgun at her group through the open car window.
The vehicle then left the area heading northbound on North West Street. The victim was unable to identify any of the vehicle’s occupants and her boyfriend did not want to cooperate with police.
A relative of the boyfriend later told police she had heard of a similar incident that happened earlier outside a residence in the 2600 block of North First Street.
The victims told police they believed the incident stemmed from the acquittal of Norberto “Beto” Ramos-Madrid, 19, a suspected Eastside Blood gang member who was arrested for the stabbing death of 23-year-old Juan Hernandez after a fight between eastside and westside gang members Sept. 8, 2013. A jury found Ramos-Madrid not guilty on all charges last week.
Documented eastside gang members Jeremiah Barlow, 22, and Michael “Buddy” Vallejos, 23, were also charged with Hernandez’s murder. Their trial began Friday and is expected to resume in Coconino County Superior Court on Tuesday morning.