Many Concerned Citizens Reported Him
WATSONVILLE—Officers with the Watsonville Police Department arrested 36-year-old Salinas resident David Perez Soria after they responded to several calls of a man with a gun outside a department store in Watsonville.
On Saturday, July 26, at 3:29 p.m. Watsonville Police responded to several callers reporting a man with a gun outside the Factory-2-U Department Store at 1404 Freedom Blvd in Watsonville. Witnesses described the man as wearing a striped shirt and sitting in a silver Lexus sedan.
Responding officers were there within a minute as several of them where close by. Concerned witnesses pointed out the man, and officers cleared the area and detained the subject at gunpoint.
They found a pistol grip shotgun in the trunk of the Silver Lexus. Officers determined, with he help of witnesses, that Soria was involved in a disturbance in the parking lot of the ‘La Princesa Market” where he had threatened several subjects.
He was also involved in a minor traffic collision as he attempted to leave that parking lot. He had backed into another vehicle causing minor damage. Officers determined that Soria was driving while under the influence of alcohol (DUI). He was also unlicensed.
“Soria was arrested for making terrorist threats and being in possession of a pistol grip shotgun that had been illegally altered.” Watsonville Police Sergeant Michael Ridgeway wrote in a press release, “Preliminary tests indicated that Soria was over twice the legal limit for alcohol.”
Soria was arrested and transported to Santa Cruz County Jail on charges of being under the influence and possession of altered firearm. His bail has been set at 5,000.00 dollars.