Photos: Courtesy of Vacaville PD
Originally Published By: Vacaville Police Department Facebook Page
“On Tuesday, July 20th just after 10pm, dispatch received a call from a woman who said a friend’s ex-boyfriend had brandished a gun at her and her friend and had reportedly left in a green or blue Lexus. Officers immediately headed to the area and learned the suspect was Aaron Scott (19, Vacaville) and the gun he’d brandished likely had an extended magazine. Meanwhile, other officers stopped a different vehicle nearby and found Mr. Scott was a passenger in that car. The earlier mentioned green Lexus was found parked a short distance away, and a loaded Glock 26 handgun with an extended magazine was plainly visible inside. Mr. Scott was booked into the Solano County Jail on a variety of firearms charges.
On Thursday, July 28th officers headed to a house in the 400 block of Edwin Dr. to serve a search warrant after receiving anonymous tips and officer-generated information that narcotics sales were occurring at a residence. While serving the warrant, officers watched Steven Jacobsen (28, Vacaville) try to discard a large amount of fentanyl in a neighbor’s yard and found Joel McCarron (28, Vacaville) in possession of a loaded Springfield Armory XD handgun and additional fentanyl possessed for sale. Both Mr. Jacobsen and McCarron were booked into the Solano County Jail on a variety of narcotics and firearms charges.
On Saturday, July 30th officers responded to a drug overdose call, and were able to glean evidence that the narcotics had come from a residence in the 500 block of Fir St. A search warrant was authored and served at the residence in question and Jose Montano-Arreola (31, Vacaville) complied with the officers’ commands and was safely detained. Officers and Detectives found narcotics possessed for sales, over $20k in narcotic sales proceeds, a Smith & Wesson 357 revolver (reported stolen from Guns, Fishing & Other Stuff on 06/01/20), Springfield Hellcat 9mm handgun, Century Arms 9mm handgun, and a Henry .22 cal lever action rifle, none of which were registered to Mr. Montano-Arreola). Mr. Montano-Arreola was booked into the Solano County Jail on various narcotics and firearms charges, including being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
On Sunday, July 31st around 9:30pm, officers received a report of a stolen vehicle headed northbound on Peabody Rd. from Fairfield. Officers immediately began to search the area and found the car near Cliffside Dr. The solo driver, Jason Byrd (26, El Cerrito) complied with the officer’s commands and was safely detained. Inside the car, officers found a loaded, unregistered Smith & Wesson M&P Shield handgun beneath the driver’s seat, as well as evidence of narcotics sales. Mr. Byrd was also found to have an outstanding felony warrant out of Yuba County for failing to appear in court for a prior firearms-related case and be a convicted felon. He was booked into the Solano County Jail on a plethora of felony charges related to narcotics, firearms, and possession of a stolen vehicle.
On Saturday, August 6th around 10am, dispatch received a call from a woman who said her ex-boyfriend, Patrick Lefao (29, Antioch) was banging on the front door and screaming and cursing. Based on his aggressive behavior, the woman refused to open the door and Mr. Lefao left in his car. As officers headed to the area, two spotted Mr. Lefao’s car nearby and stopped it. Before Mr. Lefao stopped, he was seen reaching down and around the passenger floor area of the car. Mr. Lefao complied with the officer’s commands and was safely detained and those officers found a loaded, unregistered .45 cal Taurus Millennium handgun in a backpack where Mr. Lefao was seen reaching. The backpack also contained several pieces of Mr. Lefao’s personal paperwork. A records check showed Mr. Lefao had an outstanding DUI warrant and is a convicted felon. During their investigation, officers learned Mr. Lefao had also slashed the woman’s tires before fleeing. He was booked into the Solano County Jail on numerous felony charges.
On Saturday, August 6th just after 10pm, officers were dispatched to an armed robbery that had occurred at a local liquor store. A witness saw a gray Honda Accord fleeing the scene on Mason St. towards the westbound I-80 on-ramp. A nearby officer immediately got onto westbound I-80 and found a possible matching gray Honda Accord and stopped it. The driver, Christian Tyler (21, Vallejo) complied with the officer’s commands and safely detained. Officers learned he’d recently left Raising Cane’s and had a gun in his waistband. Officers found a loaded, Glock 17 (with a Polymer 80 unserialized lower, and unregistered slide) on Mr. Tyler who was booked into the Solano County Jail on firearms charges. He was determined to be unrelated to the original armed robbery, and thankfully those suspects were also located and arrested later the same night with a narcotics for sale and multiple firearms.
On Thursday, August 11th, VICE and CIT Detectives were attempting to take Eric Christian (31, Vacaville) into custody due to a parole violation from an earlier case where he’d fled from officers in his car and was seen throwing a gun out the window. Mr. Christian refused to comply and immediately tried to run away, but was tracked down and apprehended a few hundred yards later. During the subsequent investigation, Detectives found a loaded Glock 9mm handgun under the driver seat of his car, suspected cocaine or fentanyl, narcotic pain pills suspected for sale, and a loaded AR-15 style short barrel pistol in his apartment. Neither of the firearms was registered, and Mr. Christian is currently on active CDC Parole for 245(a)(4) – Assault by Means Likely to Produce Great Bodily Injury. He was booked into the Solano County Jail on a litany of felony charges related to Violation of Parole, firearms violations and resisting arrest.
On Saturday, August 13th just after 10pm, an officer noticed an occupied car parked behind the recently-shuttered Tahoe Joe’s. The officer contacted the occupants and noticed the driver, Matthew Fitzgerald (33, Gardnerville, NV) was very nervous and had a bag at his feet. Mr. Fitzgerald admitted there was gun in the bag and complied with the officer’s commands allowing him to safely detained. Officers found a loaded, unregistered Springfield Hellcat 9mm firearm in the bag, as well as a large amount of separately packaged suspected fentanyl. Mr. Fitzgerald was booked into the Solano County Jail on a variety of felony charges related to the possession of narcotics for sale and firearms violations.
On Saturday, August 20th just before 10pm, an officer discovered a subject at a local gas station had an active arrest warrant out of Concord for calling in a false bomb threat. Travis Lewis (29, Pittsburg) complied with the officer’s commands and was safely detained. During the subsequent investigation, officers discovered a large amount of marijuana and a loaded, unserialized Polymer 80 handgun in Mr. Lewis’ belongings. He was booked in the Solano County Jail on various charges, including being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
On Monday, August 22nd just before 11pm, officers responded to Raising Cane’s restaurant regarding a fight in progress with mention of a gun. Officers immediately headed to the area and dispatch advised the four suspects were reportedly leaving in a black car. Officers found a black Infiniti leaving the lot and began talking with the occupants. Eventually, officers discovered multiple people (some wearing ski masks) had worked together to attack another woman, and the driver of the Infiniti, Tajej Johnson (18, Fairfield) was found to have a Glock 9mm handgun under his seat, which was not registered to him and was loaded with a 30-round high-capacity magazine. Mr. Johnson and his fellow female occupants were all arrested and booked into the Solano County Jail on a variety of felony charges.
We are always grateful when individuals comply with the verbal commands provided by officers. Compliance can help us resolve tense, rapidly-evolving situations rapidly and safely, and we will continue to do what we can to keep Vacaville safe!”