SAN RAFAEL – A man seen playing with brass knuckles inside a vehicle reeking of cannabis invited some attention from police officers, who subsequently arrested him on multiple charges on February 8.
Two officers approached the playful man in the parking lot of Los Palillos Restaurant, located at 3060 Kerner Boulevard.
Officers observed him spinning brass knuckles on one finger of his left hand, and they smelled very aromatic cannabis coming from inside the vehicle.
The man later positively identified as Hernan DeLeon-Escobar, 37 of San Rafael, allegedly used the alias “Jose Mendez” in an unsuccessful attempt to mislead the police.
While speaking with officers, DeLeon-Escobar showed them a plastic bag stuffed with cannabis buds on top of the center console. When an officer requested to see some form of identification, DeLeon-Escobar was unable to produce anything.
While conducting the search of his vehicle, police located a key chain that contained five shaved keys, and two other keys. Another shaved key was also found attached to the key ring that was dangling from the ignition.
The search also uncovered a glass jar underneath the front passenger seat, which contained a small quantity of suspected methamphetamine.
After police finished searching the vehicle, DeLeon-Escobar was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of burglar tools, giving false information to an officer and the manufacture, import or sale of metal knuckles.