Gun with silencer confiscated (FPD)
Officers Ger Vang and John Alonzo from Southeast District were nearly struck by another vehicle during their August 6th night shift when Juan Manuel Cortez-Rico blew through a stop sign as he traveled West on Nevada Avenue near 6th Street.
Cortez-Rico, 39, and resident of Fresno, was pulled over and found driving without a license. Officers conducted a search of Cortez-Rico’s person and found a “fully loaded Raven Arms 25 semi auto handgun stuffed in his waistband,” reported the Fresno Police Department.
The handgun, enhanced with a “do-it-yourself” silencer (home-made from a flashlight), had scratched out serial numbers. Cortez-Rico, who was also in possession of narcotics, was subsequently arrested and booked at Fresno County Jail.
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