HPD arrests six suspected gang members at party

Patricia Caudillo

Hollister Police Officers arrested six suspected gang members on various charges while they were conducting a follow up investigation at Mission Oaks Trailer Park on Tuesday.

Officers arrested Carlos Quezada, 22, for two counts of battery of an officer, challenging an officer to a fight, resisting arrest and violation of parole; Omar Quezeda, 20, for violation of probation; Michael Ballesteros, 23, for obstructing and delaying an officer in the performance of his duties; Elaine Levario, 21, for obstructing an officer and child endangerment; Iris Perez, 30, for batter of an officer; and Patricia Caudillo, 21, for public intoxication. Other gang-related charges will be forwarded to the district attorney’s office as the investigation continues.

Officer Ray Celano arrived on Peach Lane in the Mission Oaks Trailer Park to conduct a follow-up investigation in regards to a previously reported stolen vehicle around 5 p.m. When he exited his patrol vehicle, Carlos Perez Quezeda, 22, allegedly approached the officer and raised clenched fists in a boxer stance while challenging Celano to a fight. The alleged suspect then went into the trailer.

In the meantime Caudillo allegedly exited the trailer with an open alcoholic beverage and appeared to be intoxicated. She refused to identify the man, according to a police statement. Two other people exited the trailer and attempted to flee over a back fence. Celano made contact with Omar Perez Quezada and another person, who he reported were intoxicated and uncooperative. Then Elaine Levario allegedly came out of the trailer and began challenging the officer and obstructing him.

San Benito County Probation Officers arrived on site to assist Celano. A search of the trailer revealed additional people who were hiding inside, including Iris Perez, who allegedly struck one of the officers. Ballestros allegedly refused orders to come out as did Carlos Perez Quezada.

While searching the home, officers reported that they found empty beer bottles and cans in every room of the trailer, including an empty 30-pack next to a child’s bed. They removed two children, ages 2 and 4, from the home and placed them with a grandmother, while also contacting child protective services.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the Hollister Police Department at 636-4330. Persons wishing to remain anonymous may call WeTIP at (800) 78-CRIME. Information provided to WeTip may result in an award of up to $1,000.

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