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Home security video aids investigation of California gang

Police in Richmond have arrested seven men accused of participating in a crime spree committed by a gang known as Swerve Team. The Richmond Chief of Police said that surveillance video captured during a home invasion in Fremont launched the investigation that eventually involved local, state and federal law enforcement. A detective recognized a man in the video as someone from Richmond and wondered why he was in Fremont. The seven suspects now face charges for multiple violent crimes, including three murders and 14 attempts at killing people, that occurred throughout Contra Costa and Alameda counties.

The three murders took place in Richmond. A spokesman for the Richmond Police said that one victim died after 50 gunshots at close range. He was only 18 years old and had no gang affiliations. An FBI special assistant commenting on the crime spree noted that the crimes exceeded typical Bay Area gang retaliation activities.

Authorities also attribute a robbery to the alleged gang members. Investigators accuse two of the suspects with beating a husband and wife outside of their home. The woman suffered a gunshot wound but survived. Law enforcement continues to search for an eighth suspect connected with the criminal activities.

When a person becomes targeted by a law enforcement investigation of gang crimes, an attorney could protect their Constitutional rights. A lawyer could help the accused decide whether or not to answer questions posed by authorities. If the person gets arrested, an attorney might explain the charges and take actions to defend them from prosecution. The lawyer might question testimony from untrustworthy informants who linked the person to a crime or oppose an unlawful search and seizure committed by law enforcement. Legal representation could result in the dismissal or reduction of charges.

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