Police: Man arrested for alleged pistol whipping, narcotics possession

Police: Man arrested for alleged pistol whipping, narcotics possession

Police arrested a Pasco man suspected of pistol whipping someone Thursday night.

Rafael Alvarez-Meraz was booked into Franklin County Jail on charges of first-degree assault and possession of cocaine. He’s also accused of aiming his pistol and threatening to kill the victim.

At about 11:10 p.m., officers received a report that a man had been hit in the head with the handgun at a house on the 1000 block of South 5th Avenue. His injuries matched the story he told police.

An hour and a half later, police found the suspect leaving his house in a car. He was pulled over and police obtained a warrant to conduct a search. At 2:15 a.m., they were finally able to search the car and found no weapon.

Officers then got a search warrant for the man’s house, but proceeded with caution because there were kids and potentially dangerous people inside the house. A Benton County Sheriff’s deputy and regional SWAT member along with the Pasco Street Crimes Unit came to assist the situation. Authorities cleared the house of all occupants by 2:50 a.m. and entered the house.

Thirty minutes later, they found a large Beretta 9 millimeter semiautomatic pistol with live rounds inside the magazine and the safety off. Additionally, they found Alvarez-Meraz had a bag of white power on him that tested positively for cocaine.