Petaluma police arrest brothers, find rifles, handguns

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An October attack by suspected gang members on a rival gang member led to the arrest of brothers Monday and the recovery of a stolen assault rifle and four other guns, according to Petaluma police.

The initial assault happened Oct. 14 as a 31-year-old man returned to Petaluma to drive his family around his former home, Petaluma police Lt. Tim Lyons said. The man got into a vehicle crash in east Petaluma and as he waited for a tow truck, males in a passing pickup stopped and rushed him, yelling gang terms and punching and kicking him. The victim, a rival gang member, protected himself by crawling partially under a parked vehicle and suffered head and torso injuries including a stab wound, Lyons said.

The attackers ran as others came to the man’s defense. Police were called and an investigation led to Monday’s search warrants at homes on Park Lane and Petaluma Boulevard North.

Almost two dozen Petaluma police SWAT officers, Petaluma and Santa Rosa gang investigators and state parole officers split into teams and searched the homes. They found three loaded handguns locked in a bedroom file cabinet at the Park Lane home and a stolen, loaded assault rifle and a loaded, high-powered rifle at the second home, said Lyons. The stolen rifle had come from a Rohnert Park home burglary.

Officers arrested Andy Albor, 25, and Alan Albor, 28, both of Petaluma at the Park Lane home. Petaluma police still are looking for at least one more person in connection with the initial assault, Lyons said.

The two were arrested on parole violations and taken to the Sonoma County Jail where they were being held without bail.

The assault investigation is ongoing, Lyons said.

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