Thursday, April 4 2013, 09:51 PM CDT
Gang related crimes tough to crack
By Whitney Clark/KTVL.com
MEDFORD, Ore. -- Two suspects involved in a suspected gang related shooting are behind bars.
Police say these types of cases are difficult to solve because often even the victims won't report the crime. One of the suspects, identified in a simple traffics stop.
"Usually these gang members are out and about," Lt. Mike Budreau with Medford Police said. "They don't sit in the house and watch TV. They are out amongst us, and we do come across them."
Medford Police first came across shooting suspect, Toby Martinez, during a traffic stop in Medford. While he was able to get away then, officers identified him as the shooter in two shootings on March 8th and 9th.
Martinez was arrested weeks after the crime at a home on Table Rock Road. He's now facing a number of charges including attempted murder, and a handful of warrants.
Burdreau says he is no stranger to the law, and is a documented Norteno. He was also a victim in a shooting last year.
These types of gang-related crimes are difficult to solve, Budreau said, because gang members fear retaliation.
"The victims in this case didn't even come forward," Budreau said. "They didn't even stick around for law enforcement to come. We actually had to go find them."
One of the shooting victims was shot in the arm and never went to the hospital, police say. While victims won't report anything to police, Budreau says law enforcement takes any type of crime seriously.
"These parties do not want to cooperate," Budreau said. "They don't want to press charges, but we can't walk away from that because we can't have that going on in our town."
Police also arrested another suspect they say was involved in one of the shootings. Ramon Santiago is charged with unlawful use of a firearm and theft. Officers say he stole an assault rifle and three handguns in Washington County.