Photo: Michael Mendoza
HOLLISTER – It started as a drunk driving stop on August 17. The Hollister Police Department encountered 31-year-old Michael Mendoza after 2:00 A.M. and detained him after the stop.
Inside Mendoza’s vehicle officers discovered several rifles, as well as several parts for an AR-15 assault rifle. In addition, they found body armor with metal plates and a rifle scope.
Mendoza, a known gang member, is also a convicted felon.
The press release concludes, “Mendoza was charged with felon in possession of a firearm, possession of an assault weapon, violent felon in possession of body armor, possession of a firearm with prior violent offences, and driving under the influence of alcohol.”