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Gang blamed for attack

Members of a gang formed at South Tahoe High School went from the minor infractions to serious crime early Sunday morning, police said.

According to investigators, a group of seven to 10 men, who claimed to be part of the “21 Gang,” armed with baseball bats, destroyed cars and threatened several individuals in retaliation for a fight the previous evening.

Christopher Hourula and Keenan Sims, both 18, were arrested when police found them near the residence on the 3100 block of Oakland Avenue for suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, burglary and vandalism.



Investigators said that on Friday evening a member of the “21 Gang” was caught urinating on a red Cadillac outside a party. The owner of the Cadillac and several of his friends allegedly beat the man.

Around 12:08 a.m. on Sunday, several cars pulled up to the Oakland Avenue house and bat-wielding men proceeded to smash the windows on the red Cadillac and other cars belonging to residents of the home. The subjects continued, smashing the window of the apartment and breaking in through the door. The residents locked themselves in an upstairs room. The men then proceeded to destroy things in the apartment with the bats, police said.




South Lake Tahoe Police Detective Brian Williams said the “21 Gang” originated at the high school about two years ago as a group of underage drinkers. Investigators believe the name originated from the legal age for drinking being 21.

“The crimes the group has been involved with have primarily been underage drinking and partying,” Williams said. “They haven’t really been involved in a lot of heinous crimes before this.”

Williams said the residents of the Oakland house were also arrested for allegedly having marijuana plants inside the house.

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