Two men arrested after allegedly causing disturbance in Rite-Aid parking lot 


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Two men were arrested on gang-related charges after reportedly causing a disturbance in a Rite-Aid parking lot in Half Moon Bay last week, according to the sheriff's department.

Deputies originally responded to a call of gang members causing a disturbance in the parking lot in the 100 block of San Mateo Road about 9:50 p.m. on March 12 when they heard reports of at least two men armed with handguns threatening several people, police said.

When the sheriff's deputies arrived, the suspects fled the area. Witnesses told the deputies that one of the armed men ran toward the west side of Highway 1. One of the deputies then drove to a residential area near Oak and Pilarcitos avenues and saw a suspect matching the description he was given. The deputy recognized the suspect and identified him as 32-year-old Jose Monroy of El Granada. Monroy allegedly fled the deputy on foot, police said. During the pursuit, a pit bull was reportedly with Monroy and attacked the deputy. The deputy shot and injured the dog, but Monroy was able to escape. The dog was taken to the SPCA for treatment.

Monroy was taken into custody by deputies on March 14 in San Bruno.

The second suspect in the disturbance was identified by witnesses as 29-year-old Ricardo Avila of Half Moon Bay. He was arrested March 13 by Daly City police during a vehicle stop.

The two men were booked into county jail on charges of brandishing a firearm, criminal threats, resisting arrest and participating in a criminal street gang.

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