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HANFORD — Hanford Police officers responded to a possible gang-related fight with pool sticks this weekend at a local bar, officials said.

On Sunday at 11:55 p.m., Hanford Police officers said they responded to Huggy’s Bar, located in the 100 block of North Douty Street, for a report of a fight.

Officers said they were advised that subjects were fighting with pool sticks inside the bar.

As officers arrived on scene, they said a witness pointed to a Chevy Camaro leaving the scene and advised officers the suspects involved in the fight were inside the car.

Officers said they initiated a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle near Irwin and Sixth streets and contacted Ernesto Medina, 27, and Mark Valdivia, 36, inside the car.

Meanwhile, other officers responded to the bar and found one victim who had been assaulted.

According to police, the victim said he was a former gang member and Medina and Valdivia had attacked him while he drank a beer inside the bar.

The victim was hit with pool sticks and kicked and punched, sustaining large bruises to his face and head from the attack, police said.

Police said witness statements identified Medina and Valdivia as the suspects involved in the attack.

Due to the weapons used in the attack, the victim’s gang history, as well as the suspects’ gang history, officers said Medina and Valdivia were arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and committing the crime for the benefit of a criminal street gang.

Officials said Medina and Valdivia were transported and booked into the Kings County Jail.

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