Five arrested for party shootout

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 1:00pm

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of five male subjects for firing shots into a crowd after an altercation at a party.

On August 12, it was reported that deputies initiated a traffic stop on a red Chevy SUV after reports that the occupants were in possession of firearms and were reported to have fired several shots.

As deputies approached the area, they observed the suspect vehicle, a red Chevy SUV, traveling at a high rate of speed down Rufus Bankston Rd. While doing so, deputies observed one of the occupants throw several item out of the window.

At this time, deputies stopped the vehicle and detained the occupants. The subjects were identified as Wilfredo Agualera Matamoros, 36, Juan Rodregues, 31, Jesus Migual Oquendo-Gruz, 22, Angel Vega, 27, and Pedro Martinez, 38, all of Hammond.

A deputy soon arrived on scene after locating two firearms which were thrown from the vehicle. It was later discovered that one of the firearms, a Glock Model 23, was reported stolen out of Walker, LA.

The investigation revealed that the suspects were attending a party at a residence on Quick Blvd. when they were asked to leave after engaging in an altercation. It was reported that the subjects left the party, to later returned waving guns from their vehicle and eventually firing several shots.

Subsequently the subjects were transported to the Parish Jail and charged accordingly.

Wilfredo was charged with Littering, Possession of Stolen Property and Disturbing the Peace.

Cruz was booked on Possession of Stolen Property, and Disturbing the Peace and Aggravated Assault with a Weapon.

Martinez was booked on Possession of Stolen Property, and Disturbing the Peace and Aggravated Assault with a Firearm.

Vega was booked on Possession of Stolen Property and Disturbing the Peace.

Rodregues was booked on Possession of Stolen Property and Disturbing the Peace. 

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