A gang member has been charged with threatening to kill five Bellingham police officers who went to his house Feb. 25.
Adrian A. Montelongo, 19, is facing five counts of harassment and is currently being held in the Whatcom County Jail. His trial date is set for April 25.
Montelongo is a self-professed member of the Brown Pride Surenos gang. Members of that gang were involved in a drive-by shooting with a rival gang Jan. 13 in the 1800 block of Texas Street.
Montelongo, who has not been implicated in that shooting, is suspected of spray-painting a gang tag on the Bellingham Police Department station in December 2010, according to charging documents filed in Whatcom County Superior Court.
According to those documents:
Montelongo's sister called 911 the night of Feb. 25 to report that he had a knife and was threatening to kill himself. She told dispatchers he had broken out a window in the house and was holding the knife to his throat.
Officers arrived and had Montelongo's family members leave the house while they surrounded it.
Eventually they were able to get Montelongo to come out of the house. As he was being handcuffed and arrested on suspicion of malicious mischief, Montelongo began to threaten the officers, according to charging documents.
He told them several times that he was a member of the Brown Pride Surenos and his fellow gang members were getting ready to give Bellingham police "a run for their lives."
He went on to say that if he were released from jail he would "kill as many" officers as possible before they killed him.
Montelongo then said he was going to kill the five officers who were present.