Walla Walla SWAT arrest suspected gang member

January 23, 2013 

— A 19-year-old Walla Walla suspected gang member wanted in connection with a gang attack was arrested early this morning after members of the Walla Walla Emergency Services Unit SWAT Team forced their way into a rented home.

Mario Diaz Jr. is one of the primary suspects in a gang attack on two men who were walking through the area of Chase and Chestnut streets early New Year’s Day, according to police.

About 15 gang members attacked the two men after asking them about gang affiliations, according to police. Neither victim has any ties to gangs.

The gang members had at least two guns, the victims told police. One man told police that Diaz allegedly held a gun to his chest and told him not to move while the man was kicked in his head and torso.

The other man said a gun also was pointed at him, according to police.

Diaz was found shortly after 6 a.m. Wednesday at 247 W. Chestnut St.

There were others home at the time, including small children, police said,

Diaz tried to escape to the back of the home but was stopped by an officer, according to police. No one was injured in the raid.

Diaz was booked in the Walla Walla County jail in connection with second-degree assault, felony riot and possession of a pistol by a minor.

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