A Pasco man is in jail for allegedly beating a man with a gun and pointing it in his face Thursday night.
Pasco police were called to a house at 1015 S. Fifth Ave. at 11:12 p.m. and found a man with head wounds consistent with being pistol whipped.
The victim told police he was at the house to find his girlfriend. He found her and they argued. He allegedly tried to grab their son when he was hit in the back of the head with a pistol several times by another man, according to court records.
Pasco Officer Adrian Alaniz reported Rafael Alvarez-Meraz, 37, of Pasco, beat the victim then pointed the gun at him, and asked, “You don’t think I won’t kill you?”
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The victim went to a friend’s home and called 911.
When police arrived Alvarez-Meraz was seen driving away in a silver Saturn VUE from the house but police stopped and arrested him at 12:44 a.m.
He did not have a gun with him or in his car.
Officers returned to the house and obtained a search warrant. It was nearly 3 a.m. Friday by the time they were able to remove everyone from the home, including some children and “potentially dangerous people associated with the house,” said police.
They found and seized a 9 mm Beretta pistol that was loaded with the safety off.
When being booked into the jail, a bag of cocaine was allegedly found in his shoe.
Alvarez-Meraz is charged in Franklin County Superior Court with first-degree assault and possession of cocaine.
His bail was set at $20,000 on Friday.