Workplace Assault Accomplice Sentenced

A third South San Francisco man was sentenced this week for a violent incident that occurred in February of this year.

An accomplice in a violent workplace dispute that happened in South San Francisco in February has now been sentenced to 10 years in state prison.

The defendant, Rodrigo Alejandro Aguayo of South City, pleaded no contest to felony charges of assault and admitted to involvement in a criminal street gang.

The violent confrontation occurred at the former workplace of South City resident and co-defendant Carlos Velasquez, on the 400 block of North Canal St.

Prosecutors found that Aguayo arrived with Velasquez and Marcelo Jose Castro, to confront the manager of the business, but a group of employees attempted to intervene and protect the manager.

A fight broke out between the suspects and the employees, and Castro fired several shots from a handgun, police said. No one was hit by gunfire. Aguayo hit one of the employees with a baseball bat, and that employee suffered minor injuries, police said.

The defendants fled in two vehicles before police arrived. The fired employee was identified by police as Velasquez, and police located his car near his house in the 800 block of Second Lane.

The North-Central San Mateo County SWAT Team and South San Francisco hostage negotiators surrounded the house and Velasquez surrendered after several hours.

Police found Aguayo returning home in the other vehicle seen leaving the incident. When police tried to stop the vehicle, Aguayo jumped out of the car and fled on foot, but police caught up with him and arrested him. One police officer was injured in the chase and was transported to a local hospital, but his injuries were not life-threatening, police said.

Castro pleaded no contest to discharging a firearm in public earlier this year. Velasquez pleaded no contest to making felony threats. In July both were sentenced to a year in state prison. 

-Bay City News contributed to this report.

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