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Cellphone video shows El Paso bar brawl that led to arrest of 3 in suspected gang activity

Daniel Borunda
El Paso Times

A female food truck cook was sucker punched, a bystander was knocked out and a bar patron was stabbed during an eruption of gang mayhem in the Cincinnati Entertainment District, records state.

El Paso police officials said this week that gang investigators have arrested three men in connection with a June 6 brawl at the Good Times at 2626 bar.

Newly released court documents alleged that street-gang members and associates armed with knives began fighting with bouncers, customers and innocent bystanders in a melee filmed on cellphone videos.

The incident was the among the latest violence in the nightlife area in the Kern Place neighborhood near the University of Texas at El Paso.

Gang investigators arrested Joshua Michael Mendoza, 27, Alphonso Juan Glasper, 26, and Jose Angel Mendoza, 32, on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity-aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Picnic table confrontation

A confrontation began when the head of security at the bar at 2626 N. Mesa St. asked four men who were drinking and dancing on top of a picnic table to get off the table, according to criminal complaint affidavits filed by police. The bar has picnic tables in an outdoor area.

After the men got off the table, they verbally harassed bouncers and were asked to leave, documents state.

Joshua Mendoza

A man with face tattoos wearing a white cap and a white shirt began yelling he was from the "penitentiary" and that they would shoot and stab the bouncers, witness accounts in affidavits state.

An El Paso Police Department gang investigator later identified the man as Joshua Mendoza — an alleged street-gang member —  by his tattoos and prior dealings, affidavits state. The name of the gang is not disclosed in the complaint.

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The group left, except for Jose Mendoza, who remained at the bar, allegedly calling the bouncers "punk (expletives)." 

When he was told to leave, Jose Mendoza allegedly punched a bouncer in the face with a left and a right, affidavits state. The bouncer defended himself and hit him back before other bouncers quickly grabbed Mendoza and tossed him out.

Documents state that Jose Mendoza ran toward the Rockin' Cigar bar before he and his friends stormed back into the Good Times bar.

Brawl at the Good Times bar

The men are accused of starting fights with customers and bouncers at around the 2 a.m. last call for alcohol at the bar. The brawl with a dozen people fighting was filmed on cellphone videos shared on social media.

Joshua Mendoza is accused in the "sucker punch of a guy in a yellow shirt just standing there not even involved," an affidavit states.

Video shows the man in the yellow shirt getting punched in the chin, knocked out and lying on the ground as others attempt to help him.

Joshua Mendoza and Glasper then pulled out knives, threatening and swinging them at bouncers and customers as the brawl intensified with at least a dozen men throwing punches and kicks and running around, documents allege.

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A police affidavit states that a woman who works as a cook at a food truck set up at the bar was walking to get water to clean her kitchen.

As she was walking toward the bar, Joshua Mendoza allegedly punched her in the side of the head "for no reason," the affidavit states. The woman told police she began to cry because of the fear and the pain.

According to the affidavit, she told investigators that the man who hit her had a big red tattoo on the side of his face. An investigator noted that Joshua Mendoza has a red face tattoo of the logo of the Houston Rockets basketball team. Police noted that the woman still had a black eye four days after the assault.

Alphonso Glasper

After the woman was punched, a bar customer hit Joshua Mendoza in the face, trying to disarm him in defense of other patrons, affidavits state.

During the fight, Jose Mendoza allegedly punched the customer in the back of the head and Joshua Mendoza allegedly stabbed him. The man ended up stabbed twice in the ribs and with a 3-inch cut to his left arm, documents state.

Video also shows a man purported to be Jose Mendoza throwing what police describe as gang hand signs during the melee. 

Gang Unit makes arrests

The Gang Unit arrested Joshua and Jose Mendoza at a Northeast apartment complex on June 10, police officials said. A day later, Glasper was arrested at an apartment on Viscount Boulevard behind Cielo Vista Mall.

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Joshua Mendoza faces four counts of engaging in organized criminal activity-aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and a drug possession charge. He is being held at the El Paso County Jail in Downtown under a $1,260,000 bond.

Jose Mendoza and Glasper each face one count of engaging in organized criminal activity-aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Glasper is jailed under a $500,000 bond. Jose Mendoza, whose booking photo has not been released, is being held on a $250,000 bond. 

Daniel Borunda may be reached at 915-546-6102; dborunda@elpasotimes.com; @BorundaDaniel on Twitter.