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Santa Monica Police Make Two More Gun Arrests
By Jorge Casuso
June 2, 2021 -- Gun arrests in Santa Monica are becoming more bizarre with the latest two involving a rifle wrapped in a baby blanket and a gun tucked in the waistband of a felon sporting a bullet proof vest.
The incidents that took place on Monday morning and Tuesday afternoon bring to eight the the number of firearms arrests in the past month, four of hem involving convicted felons.
Most of the guns confiscated are "not recorded, are stolen or are ghost guns" put together with parts that don't have brand names or serial numbers, said Police Department spokesman Lt. Rudy Flores.
After colliding with a parked car, the Honda had "ended up in the front lawn of a home in the 1100 block of Cedar Street," he said.
The officers responding to the call immediately detained the driver and a male passenger, Flores said.
A witness told the officers that a woman "had walked away carrying a large item wrapped in a blanket."
Officers found the woman, later identified as Yaylin Lopez, a 19-year-old from Van Nuys, a short distance away, Flores said.
She was "in possession of a sawed-off .22 caliber rifle and several Xanax pills."
The driver, Jose Enrique Bueno, a 20-year-old male from Huntington Park, and the passenger, Fernando Vazquez, an 18-year-male from Los Angeles, "both showed obvious signs of intoxication," Flores said.
All three subjects were taken into custody, he said.
Lopez was booked at the Santa Monica Jail for carrying a concealed firearm and possession of benzodiazepine drugs without a prescription.
Bueno, was booked for felony DUI drugs, while Vazquez was booked for public intoxication with drugs.
The arrest was made shortly after police responded to a call at around 4:45 p.m. Monday reporting a man armed with a handgun in his waistband on the 1400 block of 16th Street."The reporting party told the dispatcher that the subject was standing next to a white Crown Victoria and was accompanied by another male," Flores said.
Stewart was the eighth suspect arrested for illegally possessing a firearm since May 2 ("Police Make Sixth Gun Arrest This Month," May 27, 2021).
Anyone with any additional information pertaining to Monday and Tuesday's arrests 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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