One injured, four arrested in alleged Walla Walla gang fight

June 1, 2014 

Walla Walla police are investigated a suspected gang fight at Walla Walla Farmers Co-op Cenex convenience store early Sunday. Four suspects already have been arrested, with more arrests or charges expected.


— Walla Walla police arrested four suspects this afternoon after a suspected gang fight at the Walla Walla Farmers Co-op Cenex convenience store early Sunday.

A known gang member was apparently waiting to pump gas while his friends were inside the convenience store at 706 W. Rose St. at 7:54 a.m., according to police.

He was confronted by four rival gang members and his friends came out to join the fight, police said.

Johnny Gonsalez, 20, sustained a severe injury to his eye during the melee, according to police. He was flown to a Seattle area hospital for treatment.

Walla Walla police and sheriff’s office deputies stopped two vehicles and brought the occupants, who were all apparently connected to local rival gangs, to the police station.

Juan Venagas Esquivel, 20, Jesus Angel Hernandez, 27, and Juan Munoz, 27, were arrested in connection with complicity to commit second-degree assault and misdemeanor riot, according to police.

Munoz had been out of jail on pre-trial release for previous charges of robbery and assault, and could face additional penalties for allegedly violating the release agreement.

Javier Valdez, 27, was arrested in connection with being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to police. He has two previous convictions for that offense.

Detectives suspect guns and knives were displayed or used during the fight and are seeking warrants to search the impounded vehicles for evidence, according to police.

Police anticipate making more arrests or filing more charges as the investigation continues.

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