Harley Rider’s ‘California Stop’ Leads to Concealed Weapons Arrest in San Leandro
Rudolph Peter Maya isn’t big on rules and regulations. According to a press release from the San Leandro Police Department, the 38-year-old was riding his Harley Davidson west on Marina Boulevard around 12:45 a.m. Tuesday when he approached the intersection at Merced Street. Maya had a red light, but instead of coming to a complete stop, he skidded before going full-throttle right through the intersection, nearly colliding with a vehicle turning from east-bound Marina onto north-bound Merced. Unfortunately, for Maya, a San Leandro police officer was in his patrol car next to the turning car and witnessed the whole thing.
The officer pulled Maya over in the 2300 block of West Avenue 133rd, a quiet residential neighborhood. That’s when things got interesting. As the officer exited his vehicle and approached Maya, he caught sight of the handle of a large knife protruding from Maya’s waistband. The knife later proved to have a 10-inch fixed blade.
The officer called for backup and ordered Maya to get off his motorcycle and lay on the ground until another officer arrived. As Maya did so, the leather jacket he was wearing hiked up above his waist, revealing the barrel of a 12-gauge pistol-gripped shotgun strapped to his back. The short 18-inch barrel had been concealed by the jacket.
“We see many people carry concealed handguns on their person, but I’ve never heard of someone carrying a shotgun slung over their back,” said Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro Police Department. “We are fortunate that the officer used appropriate tactical skills while dealing with Maya, as this could have ended much differently.”
Maya was arrested without incident on suspicion of carrying a concealed knife and a concealed firearm. He is being held at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on $140,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned today at 2:00 p.m. in the Alameda Superior Court in Hayward. Though currently identified as a transient from San Leandro, in March Maya was residing in Stockton when he was arrested for corporal injury on a spouse or co-habitant (domestic violence) and false imprisonment by violence by the Stockton Police. No further details of that incident were available.