Police: Man brandished gun at DoorDash driver who tried to break up fight
Pictured: Jesus Salvador-Mendoza | Salinas Police Department
Salinas Police have arrested a man who’d allegedly gotten into a shoving match with his girlfriend and brandished a gun at a DoorDash driver who tried to intervene.
Police say that on the evening of March 21, 20-year-old Jesus Salvador Mendoza had gotten into an argument with his ex-girlfriend that eventually escalated to a shoving match, all the while his ex-girlfriend was holding an infant in her arms, on the 1700 block of North Main Street.
A nearby DoorDash driver reportedly witnessed the incident and told Mendoza to leave the woman alone, at which point Mendoza drew a firearm and brandished it, threatening to shoot her.
Mendoza then fled the area in his vehicle but was later tracked to a grocery store elsewhere on Main Street, where officers found his unoccupied vehicle in the parking lot. The manager of the store met them outside and alerted them to an armed customer inside.
As employees and customers were evacuated from the store, Mendoza himself tried to casually walk past them but was detained and arrested. Officers found his gun discarded elsewhere in the store.
Mendoza, a known gang member originally from Compton, was later booked at the county jail.