Seven arrested in street brawl; robbery

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By Lisa King

A group of Hispanics have been arrested and are awaiting deportation in connection with a mass robbery and brawl that occurred on July 24.

According to Shelbyville Police, a group of seven armed Hispanics, four men and three women, robbed a number of people in the 800 block of Washington Street shortly before 8 p.m.

Shelbyville Police Chief Robert Schutte said that police officer Frank Willoughby was driving down Washington Street when he saw a group of people fighting in a parking lot.

"He sees an altercation between several people involving knives and bottles and metal pipes of some sort," he said. "They were in the process of trying to sell some jewelry and ended up coming out with weapons and took some money from some people."

According to the police reports, the jewelry was fake and when the buyers realized that, they wanted their money back.

That's when the trouble started.

The reports say the subjects then began pulling out various weapons and demanding money from victims, robbing them of more than $1,200.

All of the seven Hispanics, Oscar Hernandez, Sabina Zamora, Marieda Barraza, Zaira Gonalez, Pablo Valencia, Garcia Ruiz and Paola Garcia were charged with first-degree robbery, a Class B felony, which carries a prison sentence of 10-20 years. All except for Marieda Barraza were also charged with menacing; Zamora, Barraza and Hernandez were also charged with disorderly conduct and Barraza was additionally charged with resisting arrest.

Schutte said none of them were local and that they had come to town for a pre-arranged purpose.

"I wouldn't say it's gang-related, but I think they are part of a faction of a much larger investigation that's been going on involving some stolen checks or fake checks," he said. He added that he couldn't say anymore about that right now because, "that's still ongoing."

Jailer Bobby Waits said that all of them were turned over to the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and have been determined to be in the country illegally.

"There are detainers on all of them," he said, which means that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will institute deportation procedures.


Oscar Hernandez, 21, of Georgetown

Sabina Zamora, 20, of Lexington

Marieda Barraza, 19, of Lexington

Zaira Gonalez, 25, of Lexington

Pablo Valencia, 30, of Georgetown

Garcia Ruiz, 22, of Lexington

Paola Garcia, 21, of Lexington