Crime

Police say Fresno man forced son, 7, to get gang tattoo

FRESNO - Police say a Bulldog gang member held down his 7-year-old son while another gang member tattooed a gang insignia -- a dog paw -- on the boy's right hip.

Fresno police are asking for help in finding the boy's father, identified as Enrique Gonzalez, 26, of Fresno. He also goes by the name Henry Gonzalez. The man who allegedly tattooed the boy, Travis Gorman, 20, of Fresno, was arrested Tuesday.

Gonzalez and Gorman face charges of mayhem, battery with gang enhancements, false imprisonment, participating in criminal street gang activity and committing a crime for the benefit of a gang. Gonzalez also faces a charge of child abuse.

Detective Jesse Ruelas with the Fresno County's multiagency gang task force said he has seen 14-year-olds with gang tattoos, "but never this young." And it is illegal in California for a child younger than 18 to get a tattoo, said David Luchini of the Fresno County Department of Public Health.

The boy's parents are separated, and the boy was staying with his father during the Easter break, said police spokesman Jeff Cardinale.Police spokesman Jeff Cardinale said both men face charges of mayhem, battery with gang enhancements, false imprisonment, participating in criminal street gang activity and committing a crime for the benefit of a gang. The father also faces a charge of child abuse.

Anyone with information about the father's location can call detective Jesse Ruelas at (559) 457-4463 or CrimeStoppers at (559) 498-STOP.

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