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Two Suspected Gang Members Arrested Days After Disturbance at Half Moon Bay Pharmacy

By Bay City News Service:

Two men were arrested in connection with a disturbance at a store parking lot Wednesday night in Half Moon Bay, San Mateo County sheriff's officials said Friday.

Deputies responded to a report of a disturbance in the parking lot of a Rite Aid Pharmacy located at 170 San Mateo Road at about 9:50 p.m. Wednesday, according to sheriff's officials. 

At least two men, believed to be gang members, were armed and threatened several people, officials said. Responding deputies learned one man ran toward the west side of state Highway 1. 

A deputy drove to a residential area and spotted the man, identified as 32-year-old Jose Monroy, of El Granada. Monroy fled and the deputy pursued on foot. 

A pit bull with Monroy attacked the deputy and he shot the dog. Monroy got away when the deputy fended off the dog, officials said. 

A second suspect who also brandished a handgun, identified as 29-year-old Half Moon Bay resident Ricardo Avila, got away after the incident. Avila was arrested by Daly City police during a traffic stop Thursday. 

Sheriff's detectives located Monroy in San Bruno Friday and arrested him. Both men were booked into jail on suspicion of brandishing a firearm, criminal threats, resisting arrest and participating in a criminal street gang. 

Anyone with information about the incident at the Rite Aid is asked to call Detective Andrew Armando at (650) 363-4347 or Detective Mark Myers at (650) 802-4238. Anonymous calls can be made at (800) 547-2700.

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Patti Jones March 16, 2014 at 03:29 PM
so sad and scary. Glad the police got them!! We all need to be aware of our surroundings.
Senor Gigante March 17, 2014 at 05:24 PM
If either of these people are not citizens this is just one more reason to detain and deport all illegal invaders from Mexico while we still can. Even if they are born here by illegal parents. Constitutional amendment now! Enough of this "they just come here to work" nonsense. It's no longer the 20th century and American doesn't need unskilled workers anymore.
Kirkham March 17, 2014 at 08:22 PM
HMB is overrun with Hispanics..it was only a matter of time before gang activity came along
Kathy Catalano March 18, 2014 at 09:12 PM
Gang activity has been alive and well for some time in HMB. Most citizens have their heads stuck in the sand. I have lived in said neighborhood for twenty years. I have watched Oak Street deteriorate. Residents park on the grass, leave shopping carts on the curb along with mattress and couches, have too many people in one house, thus not enough parking for their huge trucks. As I write this there is gang tagging on the side of the restrooms and benches on the west side, 'X13', just like a dog marks their spot. I have Hispanic neighbors who are afraid for their children to walk to school out of fear of these hoodlums who seem to have nothing better to do than intimidate and threaten others. They stand at the end of Pilarcitos with binoculars watching for law enforcement. When they observe the sheriff coming down the street they run like scared rabbits. I suggest we show more respect for each other and our neighborhood.

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