Napa police arrested a 19-year-old man Wednesday evening on suspicion of attempted murder and other charges following an assault that occurred near Snow Elementary School on Foster Road in October, a police news release said.

Around 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, Alberto Torres and an unidentified co-conspirator allegedly lured a 21-year-old man, whose name the Register is not releasing because he is considered an alleged victim, to the area, police said. The man was supposed to meet a female named Nikki there, police said.

On arrival, Torres and the other suspect kicked and punched the man in the face, police said. Torres allegedly choked him and stole his wallet and cellular phone and told him he was a member of a street gang.

The victim reportedly sustained major injuries, including facial fractures, police said. He was admitted to a hospital.

During the investigation, the Special Enforcement Unit of the Napa Police Department identified Torres as a suspect, police said. On Wednesday, investigators spotted Torres walking on Golden Gate Drive where he was arrested.

Torres was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, conspiracy, being part of a street gang, and on two outstanding warrants, police said. Police did not say whether the second suspect has been identified or arrested.

Torres was booked into the Napa County jail.

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There’s been a gang problem in Napa since the 1990s……


Certainly this can't be true.. GANG VIOLENCE? Attempted murder? I have been told by officials we don't have a Gang problem in Napa. I call BS! My friends son is lucky to be alive. My sister and her little girls found him and were first reponders. It was a tramatic experience for my sister and the girls to see that young man beaten so badly. Thank God he is recovering. God bless him and this family. Thank you to my nieces and sisters for aiding that young man and hope they can see him soon as he is healed.

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So why did the original story in the Register state that the crime was not gang related? The cops knew from the beginning that it was, and intentionally covered it up. If they were afraid it would compromise the investigation, then nothing should have been said, instead of a flat out lie.

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