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Suspected gang members arrested for Halloween night robberies, stabbings

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Two suspected gang members were in custody in San Diego Tuesday, accused in Halloween night robberies in which one of several victims was stabbed in his side, police said.

Two men and a teenage girl robbed two separate groups of people in the Castle neighborhood about 9 p.m. Monday, according to San Diego police Officer Dino Delimitros.

The suspects first approached three teenage boys in the 3700 block of Fairmount Avenue, he said. One of the suspects allegedly wielded a knife and a gang challenge was issued before the thieves made off with some cash, a cell phone and portable music player.

A short time later, the trio approached two men walking in the 4200 block of Wightman Street and issued another gang challenge, Delimitros said.

A backpack was taken from one of the victims, who was then stabbed in his side by one of the three suspects, according to Delimitros. The extent of the injury was unclear.

As the suspects fled in a Chevy Tahoe, the two victims broke windows on the vehicle, Delimitros said, noting an officer in the area quickly spotted the Tahoe and stopped the suspects.

Two of the three suspects were detained and later arrested when identified by the victims from both robberies, but the third suspect got away, Delimitros said.

Gang detectives were investigating.

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