WALLA WALLA -- An alleged local gang member who fled from a vehicle into Fort Walla Walla Park early this month resulting in a tense search by authorities has pleaded guilty in Superior Court to obstructing a law enforcement officer.
Cisco A. Gonzalez, 15, entered the guilty plea Thursday in the court's Juvenile Department. In exchange, the prosecution agreed to drop a charge of second-degree driving with a suspended or revoked license.
However, officials are recommending that Gonzalez -- who has a lengthy criminal history -- be sentenced to an exceptionally long term of a year in a state juvenile facility. The usual, standard-range sentence would be up to a month in the county's Juvenile Justice Center. Sentencing will be held later.
Gonzalez was arrested Dec. 1 after a College Place police officer stopped a vehicle -- which had been driven erratically -- at the west entrance of Fort Walla Walla park shortly before 10 a.m. that day, 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 reportedly made a derogatory comment and ran 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's address is 307 S.E. 19th Ave., Milton-Freewater, according to court documents.
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