Federal authorities are warning the public to be on the lookout for a latino gang member who is likely to be in the Mobile area.
Patrick Mendez, also known by his gang name “Lil Grumpy,” is believed to be in or around Mobile after escaping a major federal raid in Atlanta, according to the ATF.
In May, state and federal investigators busted “La Gran Familia,” a gang identified by their rivals as the “Latin Kings.” In the massive raid, multiple agencies, including the ATF, FBI, DEA, U.S. Marshalls and ICE, caught 13 of the 18 suspects wanted in their investigation, along with ten firearms, various drugs, and $61,084 in cash.
Investigators are working to track down the final five suspects. “Lil Grumpy” is one of them, with information leading police to believe he is currently in the Mobile area.
Authorities are offering up to a $2000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest and indictment of a suspect. You can reach police directly at (770) 513-5300. Additionally, anonymous tips can be made at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or http://www.crimestoppersatlanta.org.
“La Gran Familia,” according to investigators, was a criminal street gang under investigation for two years before the raid in May. In addition to being called by their nickname “The Latin Kings,” they also went by “Brown Side Locos”, “Malditos 13”, and “Pachucos 21.”
The state and federal investigation revealed that the gang members were buying and selling methamphetamine, cocaine, Xanax, marijuana and firearms.