San Luis Obispo County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man Tuesday morning suspected in a brutal assault and carjacking last week in Nipomo.
At about 6:15 a.m., members of the Sheriff’s Office’s Special Enforcement Detail and Gang Task Force served search warrants at two homes on the 300 block of South Oakglen Avenue and the 900 block of Calle Fresa.
The operation was a follow-up to an investigation into an allegedly gang-related assault Jan. 22 on a man who told investigators he was driving past a group of men on the street when one of them poured beer on the victim’s car.
The driver was beaten after he got out of his car to confront the men and suffered serious injuries to his head and face. He was able to run away, and the men allegedly drove away in his car, which was later recovered nearby.
The victim was taken to a nearby hospital for stitches and later released.
Three men were arrested after returning to the scene while deputies were investigating.
Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tony Cipolla previously said one of the men, who range in age from 19 to 23 years old, is a suspected gang member but not officially documented by local authorities.
The victim is not suspected of gang activity, Cipolla said.
On Tuesday, nine people were initially detained by deputies during the search, but no arrests were made.
The target of the operation — suspected of also being involved in the Jan. 22 assault — was identified as Federico Lazaro, 25, of Nipomo. He was not at either house during the search but later surrendered to officers without incident on the 100 block of Tefft Street.
Lazaro was booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon with an alleged gang enhancement, carjacking and conspiracy.
No bail information was immediately available Tuesday afternoon.