COVINA >> Police arrested a probationer found with three handguns, a ski mask and cash in Covina Saturday afternoon, police said.
Police pulled over a car in which Thomas Michael Mulero, 28, of Ontario was riding as a passenger in just before 5 p.m. at Citrus Avenue and Rowland Street, Covina police Lt. Ric Walczak said. Officers stopped the car after noticing Mulero drinking beer.
A search of Mulero’s backpack turned up two semi-automatic pistols and one revolver, the lieutenant said. Police also seized a ski mask from the car and cash from Mulero’s person.
Mulero was jailed on suspicion of weapons violations, investigation of robbery and investigation of receiving stolen property as detectives continued looking into where the guns and cash came from, Walczak said.
The woman driving the car, as well as a second woman riding as a passenger, were not arrested.
Walczak said Mulero is already on Post Release Community Supervision, or felony probation, under AB 109 guidelines for a previous assault conviction.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, Mulero was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending an arraignment hearing, scheduled Tuesday in West Covina Superior Court.
PHOTO courtesy of the Covina Police Department.
PASADENA >> Police arrested a man on suspicion of being a convicted felon in possession of a gun after finding him napping in an parked car in Pasadena late Friday, officials said.
Officers responded to the 2900 block of Margaret Drive about 11:15 p.m. after someone called police to report seeing an “unresponsive male” inside a parked car, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
Police found Richard Bojorquez, 35, of Monrovia inside the car and began speaking with him, the lieutenant said. Officers learned he was on probation, and ultimately found a loaded .22-caliber handgun inside his car, along with a small amount of methamphetamine.
Bojorquez was arrested without a struggle, Mercado added.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, Bojorquez was being held in lieu of $65,00 bail pending his initial court appearance.
LA HABRA >> Police arrested three people and seized a large cache of guns, including assault weapons, marijuana and cash during three early-morning raids in La Habra stemming from an ongoing drug investigation, authorities said.
La Habra police were joined by local, county and federal counterparts as they carried out search warrants about 3 a.m. in the 1400 block of West Lambert Road, the 1200 block of North Cypress Street and the 600 block of South Palm Avenue, La Habra police officials said in written statement.
“Searches at these locations led to the discovery and confiscation of 11 assault rifles, 25 handguns, 12 illegal 30-round assault rifle magazines, and parts to build another 12 assault rifles,” according to the police statement.
Investigators also seized about 40 pounds of marijuana and $44,600 in suspected drug proceeds, police said.
Arrested were Adam James Kinney, 28, Grant David Winn, 30, and Kristina Thompson, 25, all of La Habra, according to La Habra police and Orange County booking records.
They were booked on suspicion of drug-related crimes, as well as child endangerment, officials said.
Kinney was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, while Winn and Thompson were being held in lieu of $100,000 bail each, records show.
PHOTO courtesy of the La Habra Police Department.
PASADENA >> Police arrested two convicted felons from Mission Hills in connection with a Pasadena auto burglary early Saturday and seized a loaded handgun from their car, officials said.
Officers conducting a “directed patrol” aimed at suppressing burglaries about 4:50 a.m. spotted a parked car that had been broken into at Colorado and San Gabriel boulevards, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
The also saw another car driving in the immediate area and pulled it over, suspecting it may have been related to the break-in, he said.
Both the driver, Cornelio Felix, 33, and passenger, Giovanni Prado, 21, were wearing gloves, Mercado said. Police soon discovered that Felix was an ex-convict, and Prado was on Post-Release Community Supervision following a robbery conviction under California’s AB 109 guidelines, which allows “non-violent, non-serious and non-sex offenders” to be dealt with by county jails and probation agencies, rather than state prisons and parole agents.
Mercado said police found a loaded handgun under the passenger seat of suspects’ car, along with burglary tools in the back.
Felix and Prado were both booked on suspicion of burglary, Mercado said. Prado was additionally accused of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
According to county booking records, Felix and Prado were released from custody later in the morning pending their initial court appearances after posting $20,000 and $50,000 bail, respectively.
PASADENA >> A routine traffic stop Friday night ended with the arrest of a convicted felon in possession of a loaded handgun, police said.
Adrian Rodriguez, 22, of Pasadena was arrested following the 8 p.m. encounter at Raymond Avenue and Villa Street, according to Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado.
Gang unit officers patrolling the area pulled over a car for a traffic violation, he said.
“As their conducting their investigation, they found the gun in the passenger compartment,” Mercado said. The weapon was described as a loaded 9mm handgun.
Rodriguez, who was recently discharged from parole for burglary, is barred from possessing firearms.
According to county booking records, Rodriguez was being held in lieu of $35,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.
PASADENA >> Police arrested an armed ex-convict with a long criminal history early Sunday after finding him asleep in a parked car with a loaded handgun, authorities said.
Hayrapet Oganesyan, 29, of Glendale is accused of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm about 9 a.m. in the 400 block of South San Rafael Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
Someone called police to report a suspicious person in a vehicle parked in the residential neighborhood, the lieutenant said.
Officers arrived and found Oganesyan, along with a woman, asleep inside a car, he said.
As police tried to get Oganesyan’s attention and ask him what he was doing, an officer saw a loaded .40-caliber handgun sitting on the vehicle’s floorboard, Clawson said.
Police took Oganesyan into custody without a struggle, he added. The woman was not arrested.
According to county booking record, Oganesyan’s criminal record dates back to 2004, when he was 18 years old.
He has casing pending for accusations of drug possession and possession of paraphernalia, according to Los Angeles County Superior Court records.
He was convicted of drug possession, drug sales, possession of drugs for sales, being a felon in possession of a firearm in December of 2014, records show. He was sentenced to 180 days in county jail, but released less than three months later in late-February.
Oganesyan was also has conviction including domestic battery, drug-related crimes, false impersonation and forgery, court records show.
PASADENA >> Police jailed a man late Friday after finding him carrying a loaded handgun at a busy city park, officials said.
Officers were patrolling about 9 p.m. Robinson Park, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave., which was crowded with visitors, when they noticed a man who began quickly walking away from them, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
As the officers followed, they saw the man discard a .380-caliber semi-automatic pistol beneath a parked car, he said.
Lawrence Dixon, 49, of Pasadena was arrested on suspicion of carrying a concealed and loaded handgun in public.
He was being held in lieu of $35,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, according to Los Angeles County booking records.
PASADENA >> An observant witness helped police arrest a man carrying a loaded gun in Old Pasadena early Sunday, officials said.
Gary Thompson, 30, of Alhambra was booked on suspicion of carrying a concealed handgun following his arrest shortly after 1:30 a.m. in an alley between Colorado Boulevard and Green Street, just west of North Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
Officers were patrolling Old Pasadena on foot when a tipster approached them and pointed out a man he said was carrying a gun, Mercado said.
As officers went to speak with the alleged gun-toting man, he ran, the lieutenant said. The suspect, later identified as Thompson, threw a loaded .40-caliber handgun into a trash as he ran before surrendering to the pursuing officers.
PASADENA >> Police responding to reports of a group of people gambling Wednesday ended up arresting a young man on suspicion of gun possession and seizing a loaded revolver, officials said.
Khy Shawn Charles, 18, of Pasadena was booked on suspicion of possession of a loaded firearm, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
Police responded to a report of people playing dice in a cul-de-sac in the 100 block of West Pepper Street, police said.
“As they got there, one subject ran,” Clawson said. Pursing officers captured the fleeing suspect, later identified as Charles, in the 100 block of West Claremont Street.
Upon retracing the steps of the foot chase, police found a loaded revolver believed to have been discarded by the suspect as he ran by, Clawson said.
While police were still investigating where the revolver came from, Clawson reminded gun owners to be responsible and lock up their firearms to prevent them from being stolen and falling into the wrong hands.
A handgun was stolen Monday from an unlocked car parked at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Clawson said. The gun was not the same as that recovered during Wednesday’s arrest.
In Monday’s incident, a man came returned to his car to discover a revolver had been stolen from his car, which had been left unlocked, Clawson said. The theft was not reported until Tuesday.
WEST COVINA >> A police task force arrested a convicted felon Tuesday and seized a cache of 27 guns — including an assault rifle, thousands of rounds of ammunition and methamphetamine during a probation compliance check at his West Covina home, officials said.
Michael Louis Urac, 42, is accused of possession of an unauthorized assault weapon, possession of firearms by a convicted felon and possession of controlled substances and a firearm, according to Pomona police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
The bust took place about 7:30 a.m. at Urac’s home in the 100 block of North Lang Avenue in West Covina, Pomona police Sgt. Bert Sanchez of the San Gabriel Valley East AB Task Force said in a written statement. Officers showed up for a probations compliance sweep, as Urac is on probation from am previous drug-related conviction.
Task force members found Urac at the home and arrested him after finding him to be in possession of methamphetamine, Sanchez said.
“During the subsequent search of his residence, a false door was located within the garage,” the sergeant said. In it were several rifles, including an assault rifle with scope and laser, and thousands of rounds of live ammunition. Several more rifles were located inside a separate bedroom belonging to the suspect. In total, 26 rifled (and) shotguns were recovered, including an assault rifle.”
Police also seized several high-capacity magazines from Urac’s home and a loaded, .380-caliber handgun from his car, Sanchez said.
According to county booking records, Urac posted $50,000 bail and the same day of his arrest and was released from custody pending his initial court appearance.
The San Gabriel Valley East AB 109 Task Force is comprised of officers from 10 San Gabriel Valley police agencies, officials said. The team’s primary task is conducting compliance checks on convicts released from custody under the guidelines of AB 109, also known as the 2011 Public Safety Realignment.