Police connect Medford clash to gangs

Medford police say a fight among a large group of people early Sunday morning involved several with known gang connections.

Three men were arrested on riot and disorderly conduct charges after police officers broke up a fight involving 15 to 20 people armed with knives, bats and clubs.

Police were summoned to the 400 block of South Columbus Avenue, at 3:51 a.m. Sunday, a news release said.

When officers arrived, the crowd began dropping weapons and running in all directions, police said.

No serious injuries were suffered by anyone involved, authorities said.

Investigators found that the fight initially started over comments some of the combatants considered "disrespectful" to a female, Medford police Lt. Bob Hansen said.

Juvenal Adan Vega, 25; Adrian Alex Enriquez, 18; and Everado Enriquez, 34; all of Medford, were arrested on charges of riot and disorderly conduct. Additionally, Miranda Lynn Paredes, 31, of Medford, was arrested for disorderly conduct.

Police have said in the past that Vega was known to be a member of the Sureños gang offshoot called RAW — an acronym for Ready And Willing. Hansen said the Enriquez pair also are associated with the gang.

The fight happened just blocks from the location of a large fight in early July that police believe involved Sureño and Norteño gang members possibly retaliating over the June 13 murder of 18-year-old Ted Sanchez at a Phoenix trailer park. In the July fight, a crowd of up to 40 people had gathered and 10 people — all considered gang members or associates — were arrested on riot charges, police said at the time.

Vega also was arrested on a charge of parole violation in May following a road rage incident in which shots were fired near the intersection of Stewart and Oakdale avenues.

The Sunday morning incident is still under investigation by Medford police.

"Gang-related fights seem to have increased," Hansen said, noting that police have no way of predicting such violence, but try to keep a close watch on suspected gang associates.

"It's difficult to keep an eye on all gang members," he said.

Mandy Valencia is a reporter for the Mail Tribune. Reach her at mvalencia@mailtribune.com or 541-776-4486.

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