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Gang task force makes three arrests in raids at Vancouver homes

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VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

Three people were arrested and 15 others detained in a gang related SWAT raid in a Vancouver neighborhood Thursday morning.

Several flash bangs were deployed as distractions while deputies were at in the area of NE 67th Street and NE 108th Avenue.

In total two homes were raided and in the process investigators say they recovered two assault rifles and several other handguns.

The raid was the result of a three-month investigation, according to the Vancouver Police Department.

It all stems from a New Year's Eve assault in the middle of the Vancouver neighborhood. That's when investigators say Hector Nunez and Juan Granillio fired a gun at a car loaded with people outside their home.

Both men have gang ties, according to police.

"We have had neighborhood watch meetings where people are afraid to call 911, because they don't want to report stuff," said neighbor Alys Webber.

No one was hurt in the assault, but police say they have been building a case against the two ever since.

That investigation led them to another man, David Oster, who lives in a home around the corner.

"The phone rang really early this morning and I picked it up, and it was a police officer saying that everyone was supposed to come out of the home with their hands up," said David Oster's father Orville Oster.

The entire family, including young children, were allegedly detained while police searched for evidence tied to the January assault.

"These are all of my children, this is bull," said wife Luwenza Oster. "This is beyond extreme measures to protect us from what? We didn't do anything, my husband didn't do anything wrong."

Police say they believe David Oster cleaned up the shot-out glass from the car on that January night and that hindered their investigation. His family argues he only cleaned it up so no one would step on broken glass.

"I mean how long is he gonna get for cleaning up some glass? This just doesn't make any sense to me," said Luwenza Oster.

All three men were booked into the Cark County Jail, and will make their first court appearance Friday.

The 15 other people initially detained were later released.

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