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Gang Suspect Arrested in Snow School Beating, Napa Police Say

One suspect has been arrested and another remains unidentified following a brutal beating and robbery at Snow School last month that sent the victim to the hospital with facial fractures, according to Napa police.

A 19-year-old alleged Norteño gang member was arrested Wednesday at about 6:15 p.m. on suspicion of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, conspiracy, a street gang enhancement and two Napa County warrants for providing false identification and possessing drug paraphernalia, Napa police said Thursday morning.

Golden Gate Circle resident Alberto Torres is believed to be one of two suspects who last month lured another young man into an ambush behind Snow Elementary School where they , according to a media release from the City of Napa Police Department:

On 10/20/2012, Torres and an unidentified co-conspirator lured the victim behind Snow School. The victim had made arrangements to meet a female named “Nikki” at this location.

When the victim arrived, Torres and the other suspect kicked and punched the victim in the face. Torres choked the victim, stole his wallet and cellular phone.

During the incident Torres told the victim they were nortenos. They left the victim on the ground. The victim sustained major injuries that included facial fractures and was admitted to the hospital.

The Special Enforcement Unit of the Napa Police Department conducted the follow-up on this investigation. Torres was identified as a suspect.

Torres was contacted on November 7, 2012 walking on Golden Gate Drive by SEU Investigators. He was identified and admitted to the incident at Snow School. Torres was arrested on the above listed charges and two outstanding Napa County Arrest Warrants.

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jenna rowland November 10, 2012 at 05:34 AM
Id like to say that this whole thing is crazy there is no evidence that alberto torres did this i only say this because he is my roomate and he is a generous person and if i actually thought he did this then i wouldnt allow him to stay with me and my family or be around my 2 1/2 year old daughter. i am sorry to the victim but alberto didnt do this.
Jeffrey Wright November 10, 2012 at 08:04 PM
If he is a member of a gang here in Napa I really don't care if he's guilty or not, all I care about is the fact that he won't be committing more crimes as long as he's locked up .... If he's not guilty of this crime then I hope the police find the one's responsible .. So he's not a gang member and he didn't have warrants ? Or are the police wrong about that also ?
jenna rowland November 10, 2012 at 10:18 PM
He is not a gang member far from it he did have warrants but that was it. he is a very generous person he is not gang oriented at all. he has witnesses who saw him that day this incident happend he was never over at snow school at the time it happend he was with friends that whole day.
Jeanette Nicholson-Rossi November 20, 2012 at 10:15 PM
If he didn't do it, then why did he confess to doing it? I know sometimes its hard to believe someone you know who seems kind and generous is capable of such a cruel act.. The fact is he and someone else did it.. I really don't care if it is gang related or not, he attacked an innocent man, my step-son
Sherry Moser November 22, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Today is Thanksgiving and I am grateful that I am able to sit next my son around the dinner table instead of looking at him in a casket. I am grateful they were not successful in their mission to kill him... they came close. I am grateful to the angels who found him and the awesome staff at QVH ER, AMR, and Vacaville Kaiser. This has been a horrific ordeal for his family,friends and co-workers. This trauma will leave physical,emotional and psychological damage for the rest of his lifetime. To those who saw him after the beating and throughout his long hospital stay... Those visions are haunting/ disturbing. My friend and her girl's saw him right after the beating, wandering around and thought he was wearing a Halloween mask.. Bloody and covered in dirt. Until they got up close and realized it was a boy beaten beyond recognition. They have had a hard time since suffering from nightmares. Our family is strong and our belief and trust in God will get us through this. Thank You Napa Patch for covering this story.

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