Colusa police nab three for street violence

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Three Colusa men were arrested last week in connection with a violent assault and robbery on Bridge Street in Colusa in the early morning hours of Oct. 9.

Roberto Rojas, 25, Andrew Garcia, 22, and Alfred Demetrius Tobar, 27, were arraigned on multiple felony charges on Friday. All three have lengthy criminal histories in Colusa County, according to court records.

Colusa Police Lt. Elden Tamaz said Rojas and Tobar lured their victim, whose name is being withheld for his protection, to follow them under the guise of making money.

Tamaz said the three men were walking on Bridge Street when Garcia caught up to them around the Chevron Station.

“It was at this point Rojas grabbed the victim and pushed (him) against a nearby wooden fence,” Tamaz said, in a statement. “The victim was hit with an unknown object, and he fell to the ground. While on the ground, Garcia cut the victim’s ear with a knife while he was being punched and kicked by the other suspects.”

Tamaz said the Colusa Police Department became involved in the incident after a 911 call was made, and the victim made a statement.

The investigation led police officers to Garcia, who was arrested in the 100 block of Sioc Street, at 10:53 AM, and Tobar, who was arrested on Bridge Street at Sioc two hours later.
Garcia was arraigned on charges alleging assault with a deadly weapon, with two special allegations of street terrorism and causing great bodily injury.

Garcia, who has prior firearm-related charges, is being held on $1,125,000 bail.

Rojas was arrested on East Main Street around 4:30 PM on Oct. 10.

Rojas, who was awaiting trial on a separate assault charge, was also charged with assault with a deadly weapon, two special allegations alleging street terrorism and causing great bodily injury, and two special allegations for prior felony convictions.

Rojas was convicted in 2012 for possessing metal knuckles, a deadly weapon, on which he was sentenced to 180 days in jail, burglary and probation violation in 2013, in which he was sentenced to state prison, and other various street crimes.

Rojas is being held on $1 million bail.

Tobar, who has multiple prior drug convictions dating back a number of years, was charged on one count of street terrorism, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He is being held in the Colusa County Jail on $100,000 bail.

Rojas, Garcia, and Tobar are scheduled to enter their pleas in Colusa County Superior Court at 8:29 AM on Oct. 23. ■