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String of attacks related, say police

A stabbing, a shooting and an assault with a baseball bat: Police think three gang-related attacks in the last 12 days are all connected.

"It's retaliation," said police spokeswoman Lilla Davis-Mays, though police won't say specifically how the incidents relate.

The latest violence came Tuesday when one 19-year-old hit another in the head with a bat, police said.

Jonathan Gonzalez, 19, had stopped his car at a red light at 62nd Avenue N and 16th Street when he was attacked about 2 p.m. Dui Nguyen, 19, of 5610 37th St. N, was later jailed on a charge of aggravated battery.

"He walked up to the vehicle and hit Gonzalez on the head with a baseball bat, causing a large laceration," Davis-Mays said.

Gonzalez, who lives on 41st Avenue NE, required medical treatment.

The attack came five days after a shooting at a restaurant, in which Phong Thanh Bui, 25, was nicked in the leg by a bullet. Bui had been eating inside Pho'97 at 3090 34th St. N when two young men drove up, broke a window in Bui's car with a bat and fired several rifle shots at Bui.

A 17-year-old, Matthew Ruark, has been accused of aggravated battery in in that shooting.

Two of Ruark's friends had been stabbed the previous Friday night, Jan. 21, outside Publix supermarket at 3501 49th St. N. No arrests were made.

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