LOGAN — Police say a 20-year-old suspected gang member arrested for his alleged participation in a weekend fight outside a Logan restaurant has also been connected to a shooting in June.
Gabriel Buenafe Sia, of Logan, was charged in two separate cases Monday in 1st District Court. In one case he is charged with attempted murder, a first-degree felony; rioting and three counts of aggravated assault, both third-degree felonies. In the other case, he was charged with rioting, a third-degree felony; failing to stop for police and assault, both class A misdemeanors; interfering with a public servant, a class B misdemeanor; and, intoxication, a class C misdemeanor.
A Logan police officer came across a fight on Sunday in a parking lot in the 100 South block of Main Street. As the officer approached, three men ran. The officer was able to catch up to Sia and detain him, according to police booking affidavits. The others got into a car and drove away. Detectives learned the registered owner of the car was a man on parole. Police were able to track the man down because he was still wearing his GPS ankle monitor, the affidavit states.
As detectives started to figure out what had happened, they learned that the victims were in the Factory Pizzeria where three men "were staring them down and waited for them to leave," the affidavit states. When the victims walked outside, police say the three men began punching them. At least one victim was pistol-whipped.
When police located the car that two of the suspects allegedly used to get away, they found Sia's backpack inside. In the backpack, detectives found a gun that was suspected to be used in a shooting on June 17, the affidavit states.
On that day, police say an 18-year-old man agreed to meet another man at a Logan apartment complex to fight. The man asked three of his friends to go with him in case he got "jumped."
When the group arrived at the designated location to fight, the other man had also brought friends, including Sia, according to the affidavit. The 18-year-old man began fighting with another man, but the other man's friends soon jumped in.
When the 18-year-old man's friends tried to intervene, Sia pointed a gun at them, then turned his gun toward the 18-year-old man and shot him, the affidavit states.
"It was discovered the bullet went through (the victim's) right forearm, then grazed his skull causing a sizable laceration on the top of his head," officers wrote.
After he was arrested, Sia claimed he did not intend to fire his gun, but rather "it had discharged when his finger was on the trigger and he hit (the 18-year-old man) with it," according to the affidavit.
"Gabriel has numerous gang involvements and (carries) blue bandanas with him at all times," the affidavit states. "Witnesses also reported him yelling gang names during (Sunday's) fight."