Suspected gang members arrested in Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz County Deputies Arrest Suspected Gang Members

SOQUEL, Calf. - Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Deputies arrested two suspected gang members, Friday night. 

Enrique Rocha and Issac Urquiza were arrested in Santa Cruz, after reportedly leading officers on a chase beginning in Soquel. Two minors were in the vehicle with them. 

Two deputies were patrolling Winkle Park, following recent gang activity, when they saw a BMW they recognized from a previous gang-related investigation. The four suspects allegedly drove away from the law enforcement officers, with Urquiza eventually fleeing on foot when the car stopped behind the 7-Eleven on Soquel drive. 

The driver, Rocha, was arrested along with the two juveniles. Urquiza was found on Paul Sweet Road. A K9 officer alerted authorities to a loaded handgun on the corner of Soquel Drive and Mission Drive, believed to have been tossed by Urquiza. 

Rocha and Urquiza were arrested for charges including gang participation, possession of a loaded firearm, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The minors were released to family members with charges pending.


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