Women reportedly attacked in gang fight

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter

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A Vancouver man appeared Monday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of participating in a hands-on street fight June 8 between the Norteño and Sureño gangs.

Francisco "Franky" Lopez, 26, faces a charge of riot with a weapon at his July 12 arraignment. He was held on $30,000 bail. Vancouver lawyer Louis Byrd was appointed to defend him.

According to a probable cause affidavit:

Lopez assaulted two women during a fight involving multiple gang members at an apartment complex at 2008 St. Johns Blvd. The women's ages were not reported in the court documents.

One of the women, a member of the Sureño gang, said she came upon the fight while visiting a friend. As she mounted the staircase to the apartment complex, she saw Lopez punching another female friend. She ran back down the stairs to help the female friend, and Lopez punched her, knocking her to the ground.

"The next thing was that a lot of people were surrounding her and punching and kicking her," the probable cause affidavit says.

One among the mob also stabbed her in the right side, the court document says.