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Two Men Arrested Friday Could Be Tied to Other Crimes, Police Say

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By Lookout Staff

July 2, 2021 -- Two men were arrested during a traffic stop shortly after midnight Friday after police found a loaded gun, drugs, a Halloween-style mask and other evidence of criminal activity in the vehicle.

Joe Martinez a 38-year-old male from Lennox on probation, and Tony D. McClendon, a 44-year-old male from Inglewood, who is a convicted felon, were arrested at the intersection of Lincoln and Wilshire boulevards.

Joe Martinez Tony D. McClendon Evidence

Martinez, who was driving the black 2012 Nissan Altima was pulled over by police for a code violation, said Lt. Rudy Flores, the Police Department spokesman.

McClendon "initially provided false identification," but "officers later determined he was on federal probation," Flores said.

Officers searched the vehicle and found "a loaded 9mm Beretta handgun, a backpack containing a Halloween style mask, gloves, binoculars, and black clothing," he said.

They also found "narcotics, narcotics paraphernalia, an arrow key (used by the postal service), miscellaneous mail, credit cards and identification in the name of other individuals."

Based on their investigation, officers believe both men "were involved in felonious activity such as robberies and theft," Flores said.

They were taken into custody and booked at the Santa Monica Police Jail under numerous charges.

Jones of the Bay

Martinez was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia and conspiracy to commit a crime.

McClendon was arrested for being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun, carrying a loaded firearm in public, false personation, mail theft and stealing a key suited for use by the postal service.

"Based on the officers findings, it is apparent that these individuals were involved in illegal activity and were more than likely going to commit other crimes," Flores said.

Police hope the public can help detectives conducting follow up investigations tie the two suspects to other specific crimes, Flores said.

Anyone with additional information pertaining to Friday's incident or the two individuals involved should call the Criminal Investigations Division at 310-458-8451 or the Santa Monica Department’s Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8427.

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