Dodge City Gang Member Pleads Guilty to Assault

DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) A member of a Dodge City street gang pleaded guilty to assaulting people he thought were members of a rival gang.

Twenty-year-old Humberto Ortiz was among 23 people charged in May in a federal racketeering case aimed at gang members.

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom says Ortiz pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of assault with a dangerous weapon in the aid of racketeering. He admitted that he and fellow gang members assaulted people they thought were members of a different street gang. Two of the victims were stabbed.

Ortiz also admitted in his plea that while he was a member of a gang that used violence, including murder and robbery, to expand the gang’s operations.

Sentencing is set for Jan. 28.