Monday, January 28, 2013

Gang Members Arrested in Richland

Arrested:  Galvez, David R; 27 year of age male, Pasco resident
Arrested:  Valdez, Israel; 22 year of age male, West Richland resident
Charges:  Disorderly Conduct, Harassment, Obstructing

Arrested:  Navarrete, Amalia I; 26 year of age female, Pasco resident
Charge:  DWLS 3rd


On January 27, 2013 at approximately 1:55 AM officers received a call of two males in the area of Jack in the Box restaurant, 49 Columbia Point Dr. dressed in blue creating a disturbance.  The subjects were yelling “Southside” and had been pounding on cars in the area.  A loud noise was heard in the area and the caller stated that they thought it may have been a gunshot.

As officers arrived they saw two subjects matching the description walking on Armistead St.  When ordered to stop Galvez complied and was detained while Valdez began running.  After a brief foot pursuit, Valdez was caught and taken into custody.

Interviews with witnesses at the scene indicated that both Galvez and Valdez were banging on cars and windows in the drive through lane at Jack in the Box.  They were threatening to kill the occupants of the vehicles and yelling gang related statements (both are confirmed gang members).  Both subjects appeared to under the influence of alcohol.

Navarrete and another female drove into the area and were contacted by officers.  She said that Valdez was her boyfriend and that she was in the area looking for him.  A subsequent driver’s check showed her driving status to be suspended.  She was cited for DWLS 3rd degree and released.

Galvez and Valdez were booked into the Benton County Jail on charges of Disorderly Conduct and Harassment.  Valdez was also charged with Obstructing for running from the police.

No evidence of a weapon or gunfire was ever found. 

Contact Capt. Mike Cobb, 942-7362, for more information.