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Man followed from bus and attacked, police say

March 29, 2013|By Lauren Williams, Times Community News

Costa Mesa police have arrested two suspected gang members who allegedly followed a man off a bus, chased him down Harbor Boulevard and then assaulted him, authorities said Friday.

Zachariah Acosta, 21, of La Habra, and Arturo Gonzalez, 20, of Anaheim, allegedly confronted a 25-year-old Costa Mesa man about 7:30 p.m. March 15 on an Orange County Transportation Authority bus as it traveled through Costa Mesa, according to police.

When the man got off the bus near Harbor and Bay Street, the assailants followed him. One suspect assaulted the man with his fists, while the other brandished a gun, police said.

Costa Mesa served search warrants at several locations before catching up with the suspects. They arrested Acosta and Gonzalez on Thursday on suspicion of criminal threats, participating in a criminal street gang, promoting a street gang and conspiracy to commit a crime, police said.

Both were booked at Orange County jail.

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