Gang members arrested near Pasco club

By Paula Horton, Herald staff writer April 24, 2012 

Two documented gang members were arrested near a Pasco club early Saturday as they allegedly were about to challenge rival gang members to a fight, police said.

Jesse Monroy, 23, of Kennewick, was found holding a gun while "stealthily" walking in a parking lot as if trying to sneak up on someone, court documents said. The second suspect, Fidel Antonio Mendez, 22, of Pasco, was allegedly found with a knife.

Monroy and Mendez made initial appearances Monday in Franklin County Superior Court where they were ordered held on investigation of rioting. Monroy's bail was set at $25,000 and Mendez's at $15,000.

Pasco police were called to the area of Third Avenue and West Clark Street at 12:17 a.m. Saturday after getting a call from a security guard at the Out-And-About Nightclub about members of two gangs flashing gang signs at each other, documents said.

Officer Andrew Corral was nearby and arrived within seconds, documents said. He said as he pulled up he heard a metallic "clack" sound like the slide on a handgun being pulled back so a bullet could be put in the chamber, documents said.

Corral looked left and saw a man, later identified as Monroy, walking in the parking lot with the pistol in his right hand, documents said.

Monroy apparently didn't see the officer watching as he moved slowly through the parking lot with the gun pointing at the ground.

Corral got out of his patrol car, drew his gun and ordered Monroy to drop the gun and get on the ground. Monroy complied and was handcuffed without any issues, documents said.

At the same time, another man, later identified as Mendez, also was seen moving behind some cars in the parking lot. Other Pasco officers were able to detain Mendez and found a knife and .22-caliber bullets in his pocket, documents said.

The security guard said the members of the other gang left in a truck, documents said.

Prosecutors have until Wednesday to charge or release Monroy and Mendez.

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