SAN LEANDRO — October was apparently a particularly busy month for recovering illicit firearms in the bay area. San Leandro PD recovered 15 firearms, including 8 guns during traffic stops, although none were used to commit violent crimes.
Seven of the guns recovered were linked to illegal cannabis cultivation, residential burglary, or simply found property. Police said five of the weapons recovered towards the end of the month involved the most significant cases.
On October 25, a gun was recovered during an incident involving a stolen vehicle. While fleeing from police, a 17-year-old male lost control of the vehicle. A mother and child hit in a crosswalk sustained injuries requiring medical treatment.
The youth was found in possession of a loaded firearm in his pocket. He was booked at Juvenile Hall. His other charges include felony possession of a firearm, hit and run, evading police in disregard of safety and resisting arrest.
On October 29, John Teixeira, a 40-year-old San Leandro resident, was arrested for multiple firearms violations. His charges concern carrying a concealed loaded firearm in a vehicle. He was also booked for being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition by a prohibited person.
On October 30, two firearms were recovered during a traffic stop and three individuals were arrested. San Leandro detectives made these arrests in the parking lot of the Radisson Hotel, located at 8400 Edes Avenue in Oakland.
Steven Casey Jr., 29 of Oakland and Jorge J. Garcia, 29 of San Leandro were each nabbed for multiple firearms violations. A third occupant of the vehicle, 23-year-old Oakland resident, Maria Cabrera, was arrested for an outstanding warrant.
On October 31, officers responded to a report of someone brandishing a gun during an argument at Toyon Park. They spotted Gabriel Veliz-Cortez, 26 of Oakland, allegedly throw a firearm under a vehicle.
Veliz-Corte was taken into custody on 146th Avenue. In addition to five weapons-related charges, Veliz-Cortez also faces charges for kidnapping and false imprisonment.