Arrests made in 2011 shooting

Published on Wed, Jan 23, 2013
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According to the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Department, Adrian Montelongo, 21, and Jose Santos, 22, have admitted to shooting a man in the parking lot of the Golden Nut Company in Blaine on December 4, 2011. 

A joint investigation by the Blaine Police Department, Whatcom County Sheriff’s Department and the Bellingham Police Department determined that Rogelio Fernando Solano, Montelongo, Santos and Steve Ibarra drove to the Golden Nut, located at 1555 Odell Road where both Rogelio and the victim worked. 

The purpose of the visit was allegedly to retaliate against the victim for a previous gang-related shooting that occurred in Bellingham in October 2011. They disabled the man’s truck and then waited for him to get off work. 

A detective assigned to gang and dangerous offender investigations interviewed Montelongo and Santos and reported the men admitted that they and Ibarra participated in the Golden Nut shooting. 

Ibarra was recently sentenced to serve 46 months in a state penitentiary for another shooting in Bellingham in April 2012. The investigation is continuing as to Ibarra’s involvement in the Blaine shooting.

All subjects involved in the incident were either confirmed gang members or associates affiliated with the Brown Pride Surenos and 18th Street gangs.

According to Sheriff Bill Elfo, close to 800 confirmed gang members or associates reside in Whatcom County, and the number is on the rise. 

Santos and Montelongo have been arrested and booked into the Whatcom County Jail on investigation of attempted homicide.