WALLA WALLA -- An alleged local gang member suspected of fleeing from a vehicle into Fort Walla Walla Park last week resulting in a tense search by law enforcement has been formally charged in Superior Court.
Cisco A. Gonzalez was charged Monday in the court's Juvenile Department with obstructing a law enforcement officer.
He also faces an additional gross-misdemeanor charge of second-degree driving with a suspended or revoked license. Although Gonzalez, who is 15, isn't eligible to obtain a license due to his age, the charge is appropriate under the law because of his criminal history that includes an alcohol offense, according to Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Adam Malcolm.
Gonzalez was arrested Wednesday after a College Place police officer stopped a vehicle -- which had been driven erratically -- at the west entrance of the park shortly before 10 a.m., officials said. The driver, later identified as Gonzalez, got out of the vehicle and was holding what appeared to be a handgun, according to authorities. Gonzalez then allegedly made a derogatory comment and fled south into the wooded area.
Backup law enforcement units were called and the area was surrounded. A Walla Walla police officer saw Gonzalez in the woods where he was captured about 11:10 a.m., authorities said.
Officers searched for a gun, but none was found.
Gonzalez, of 307 S.E. 19th Ave., Milton-Freewater, was taken to Walla Walla County's Juvenile Justice Center and held on an arrest warrant issued in October for allegedly violating terms of a sentence he received early this year in a disorderly conduct case. Officials said he was not attending school as required and they had had no contact with him or his family.
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