Man who claimed to be security guard arrested on numerous illegal weapon charges
A Newhall man was arrested during a traffic stop in Mendocino County last week on suspicion of numerous illegal weapon charges, among others.
Just after 9 PM on Wednesday, December 4, a Sheriff’s Deputy stopped 47-year-old Luis Roman Parra for a vehicle code violation on the 1800 block of North State Street in Ukiah.
The deputy noticed empty handgun holsters on the front seat and one on Parra’s belt, at which point he asked if there were any guns in the vehicle.
Indeed, the deputy found a fully loaded Smith & Wesson handgun with a live cartridge in the chamber, stashed between the driver’s seat and center console.
Officials say Parra was working as a security guard for different marijuana growing sites in the area, but was unable to provide documentation such as a guard card, concealed weapons permit, or any documents proving legal ownership of the gun.
A records check revealed he was actually on DUI probation with numerous terms, one of which is to have an interlock device on his vehicle. His driver’s license was also suspended and, due to numerous prior criminal convictions, he is legally forbidden from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition.
Para was arrested and booked on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm, being a prohibited person possessing ammunition, carrying a loaded firearm in a public place, carrying a loaded firearm not registered to him, concealing a firearm in a vehicle, violation of probation, driving on a suspended license, and operating a vehicle without an interlock device.