POLICE RESPOND TO SEVERAL CALLS INVOLVING GUNS AND JUVENILES OVER BUSY WEEKEND
Originally published as a Hollister Police Department press release –
“HOLLISTER, CALIFORNIA – July 19, 2021 – Starting Thursday night, the Hollister Police Department has been busy with calls involving guns and juveniles.
Thursday evening, around 11:54 PM, Hollister Police officers responded to the area of Wentz Alley and San Benito Street regarding a large fight with weapons. As officers arrived, they heard the distinct sound of guns being fired and saw people scattering in all directions. One subject was arrested for resisting officers at the scene. Officers located shell casings from two different weapons at the scene and determined that a fight broke out between two groups and ended in gunfire. The case has been turned over to Investigations for more follow-up.
On Saturday morning around 3:00 am, officers responded to the 700 block of South St. regarding juveniles looking into vehicles. When officers arrived, a 14, 15, and 16 year old fled in different directions and through backyards. Officers managed to capture all three. Officers discovered one of the juveniles was in possession of property connected to a theft from a vehicle and he was arrested for that offense. The other juveniles were cited for curfew and other violations and all three were released to their parents.
Around 5 am, as one of those juveniles were being transported home, officers located two juveniles (one 16 years old, and the other 12 years old) running in the area of Central Ave. and Westside Blvd. One of the juveniles was in possession of a Glock “ghost” gun and ammunition. Those juveniles admitted to the illegal discharge of that weapon just prior to being contacted by police. The 16 year old was arrested for gun related charges and the 12 year old was transported and released to parents.
On Sunday afternoon, officers were dispatched to the 800 block of Hillcrest Rd. regarding yet another gun call. In this case, a local Hollister resident found another “ghost” gun in the backyard of their house and wanted to turn the firearm over to the police.”