Guns Criminals Actually Use: 12AUG17 Edition

From the Local PD’s Facebook page: 


On Friday, August 4, 2017, just after 5 pm, Southwest District Patrol Officers Vince Bantayan and Nicolas Romero were working together in the area of Ventura Avenue and H Street, when they noticed a blue Mercedes Benz with an expired registration. As the officers initiated a traffic stop by activating their emergency lights, the solo occupant continued driving and made no attempt to pull over. For safety reasons, the officers continued to follow the vehicle with their lights and siren off as it continued toward the Chinatown area. Eventually, the car abruptly stopped in front of Dick’s Men’s Wear & Shoes at 1526 Kern Street. The driver quickly exited, ran, and attempted to enter the business. 

Although the business was closed, an employee was present and renovating inside. The driver, who was holding a cell phone to his ear, forcefully grabbed the front door that was locked and demanded for the employee to open it. The driver also kept his back to the officers, which caused them great concern for their safety. It was during this time the driver turned and faced the officers, exposing a nine millimeter semi-automatic handgun in his waistband. To prevent the situation from escalating, the officers maintained their distance and requested the driver to surrender peacefully. Eventually, sufficient officers arrived at the location to assist in placing the driver into custody without the use of any force.

The driver was identified as 33-year-old Fresno resident Nicholas Delt, who has an extensive criminal history. He was arrested and booked for possession of a loaded firearm and ammunition by a prior convicted felon. 

Yet another convicted felon in possession. I’m seeing a trend here…

Let’s sum up:

  • Felon in possession (felony)
  • Possession of a “high capacity” magazine in California (wobbler, likely a felony due to “extensive” criminal history)

Any bets that Prop 47, Prop57, or AB109 is responsible for this dude being on the street?


Guns Criminals Actually Use: 11AUG17 Edition

From the local PD’s Facebook page:


On August 6th, 2017 at 11:34 P.M., Southeast District Officers Ger Vang and John Alonzo were conducting proactive patrol in the area of 6Th Street and Nevada Avenue. While in the area officers avoided a collision from 39 year old Fresno resident Juan Manuel Cortez-Rico who failed to stop at the stop sign while traveling West on Nevada and North on 6th Street.  

Upon stopping Cortez-Rico for such violation he was found to be driving without a driver’s license and positively identified by his photographed Mexican Matricula Consular I.D. During the search incident to arrest of Cortez-Rico officers felt the frame of a metal type flashlight on one end and the handle of a handgun on the other end. Cortez-Rico had a self-made silencer made from a flashlight affixed to his fully loaded Raven Arms 25 semi auto handgun stuffed in his waistband. The handgun serial numbers were scratched off along with Cortez-Rico being in possession of street level amount of narcotics.          

Cortez-Rico was arrested and booked into the Fresno County Jail on several different weapons/ narcotics charges without any further incident. Please see the attached photograph of the recovered firearm and suspect Cortez-Rico. 

Possible sicario? Maybe.

Let’s sum up:

  • Possession of a silencer is a felony in California.
  • Definite NFA violation.
  • Possession of a “high capacity” magazine? (I wasn’t aware that the Raven .25 held 13 rounds).
  • Possession of Schedule 1 narcotics.
  • Possession of a firearm by a foreign alien.
  • Altering or removing the identifying marks of a firearm (that’s a Federal crime, but also a felony to possess a firearm with altered serial number in California).

Apparently California needs to pass a law prohibiting being a menace to south central while driving Fast and Furiously.

I wonder if Jango Fett here is related to Kevin Leon?

Guns Criminals actually use: 10AUG17 Edition

From the local PD’s facebook page:

On Tuesday, August 8, 2017, Detectives from the Fresno Police Department’s Career Criminal Auto Theft Team (CCATT) responded to a residence in the area of Thorne and Church regarding possible chop shop investigation. While at the location, they encountered Jerome White, 43, of Fresno. White was found to be a prior convicted felon and on CDC parole for robbery. During a subsequent search of the property, White was found to be in possession of a modified .22 caliber rifle. No evidence of chop shop activity was located.

White was booked into the Fresno County Jail for felony firearm possession charges and parole violation.

“Modified.” Specifically that is a Short Barrelled Rifle, possession of which is a felony in California, has been for decades. So lets see:

  • Felon in possession
  • SBR (felony)
  • Potential NFA manufacturing violation

But if we just had one more gun law…

I wonder if he bought this one from Leland Yee?

Guns Criminals Actually Use: Fresno, CA 27MAY2013

Today we have four guns that were seized by FPD.

This first one breaks my heart:

Webley & Scott Revolver in .38S&W

The information from the post:


On Monday May 27, 2013, just before 6:20 p.m., Motor Officer Josh Pantages was patrolling in the area of Clinton and Vassar Avenues, when he noticed a vehicle having five occupants, traveling westbound on Clinton. The vehicle was in violation of expired registration, and some of the occupants were not wearing their seatbelts. Officer Pantages initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle for the purpose of issuing a citation for the expired registration and not wearing seatbelts. Officer Pantages contacted the driver and discovered he was operating a motor vehicle while having a suspended driver’s license. After identifying the other passengers, Officer Pantages discovered one of the passengers to be providing false identification to him. Through investigation Officer Pantages discovered the passenger’s name to be Christopher Powers, 25 year old resident of Fresno. Powers was taken into custody for a Felony Weapons warrant for his arrest. Upon conducting a vehicle inventory Officer Pantages located a loaded concealed firearm under the right front passenger seat. Officer Pantages arrested the right front passenger, Lane Whittenberg, 25 year old resident of Fresno for the concealed firearm. Posted by Officer Mark Gacayan Fresno Police Department Traffic Bureau 621-5050

This is an antique. These revolvers are collectors items, and this poor specimen will now likely be destroyed.

Crimes: Carrying concealed in a vehicle without CCW.

Do we need more gun laws to cover this: No.

Up next we have these beauties:


M1 Carbine in .30 Carbine, SKS in 7.62x39mm

SKS in 7.62x39mm

SKS in 7.62x39mm

Information from the post:

Newsline for 5/27/13
Three Assault Rifles and 14 pounds of Marijuana Seized

Good evening, this is Sgt. Jerardo Chamalbide, a Supervisor with the Street Violence Section Tactical Team. This will be a newsline update for Monday, May 27, 2013, regarding the arrest of a drug dealer with West Fresno ties for possession of marijuana for sales and for possessing three assault rifles.

On Sunday, May 26, 2013, at approximately 11:36 pm, Southwest Patrol Officers were dispatched to 1550 E. Church #251 regarding a shooting victim. Upon arrival, officers contacted Eugene Rauls who stated he lived at the location. Rauls is a 26 year old Fresno resident but is originally from Miami Florida.

Officer Nick El-Helou contacted Ruals at the apartment and obtained his statement. Rauls said he was shot at by two males near his front door of his apartment. Rauls had a minor graze would to the left side of his stomach. While officers were searching the area, they located an assault rifle near the front door to Rauls apartment. While officers were talking with family members, they noticed ammunition to the assault rifle inside the Rauls apartment.

Street Violence Detective David Porcella responded to the scene and conducted an investigation. Porcella realized that the Rauls was not being totally truthful with officers. Porcella authored a search warrant for the apartment and it was signed by a judge. They located 14 pounds of marijuana and two additional assault rifles. Rauls was arrested for possession of marijuana for sales and illegal gun possession. The two unknown suspects that shot Rauls are still being investigated.

Attached to this email is a photograph of Rauls. If you have any information on this case please call Fresno Police at 498-STOP where you may remain anonymous. Please visit our Facebook page for the same posting. Should you have any questions please feel free to call me 621-2416.

First, none of those are “Assault Rifles”. I gigged FPD for that pretty hard (I always take the time to correct incorrect firearm information when they post it, you’d think that after a year or so of it they would at least run it by someone who knows something about guns before posting).

We have here (what used to be) an M1 Carbine that has had the stock cut off (making it an SBR and an “Assault Weapon” as defined by California law, and two SKS rifles with detachable magazines.

The SKS rifles are an interesting issue in California. In 1997 California AG Dan Lundgren reversed a position that he had held since 1991 and declared that SKS rifles that could accept detachable magazines were “Assault Weapons” as defined by California Law at that time, and no registrations would be accepted. A Californian was arrested in 1996 over an SKS (which is what led to this reversal), and his case wound up at the State Supreme Court which ruled that surprise, the SKS with a detachable magazine is an “Assault Weapon” as defined by California law.

The long and short of it is that SKS rifles with detachable magazines in California are a no no. After January 1, 2000 they are considered unregistered “Assault Weapons” as defined by California law, and their possession is a Felony (we had a “buy back” for a little while in 1999 where the state would pay you up to $230 for an SKS Sporter or an SKS with a detachable magazine, which was mighty wide of them considering that they were turning thousands of Californians into felons with the stroke of a pen).

Crimes: Possession and sale of Marijuana (not really gun related), possession of an unregistered “Assault Weapon” as defined by California law (x3), possession of an SBR (x2), mutilation of an M1 Carbine (if that’s not a crime it damn well should be).

Do we need more gun laws to cover this: No.


Guns Criminals Actually Use: Fresno, CA 28MAY2013

Today we have two firearms found in possession of criminals in the fair city of Fresno.

First we have this beauty:

Smith & Wesson Revolver

Smith & Wesson Revolver (686?)

Here is the information we have from the post:

On May 28, 2013, at about 8:00 p.m., North Bureau Impact Team officers observed a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the Red Roof Inn at 4141 N. Blackstone. Officers contacted the occupant of the vehicle and found him to be in possession of a loaded/concealed handgun. Rudy Romero, 32 years, was arrested and booked into the Fresno County Jail on charges of being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm/ammunition and for having a loaded/concealed weapon in a vehicle.

Posted by: Sgt. Doug Goertzen, North Bureau Impact Team.

Notice the speed loader that was also recovered.

Crimes: Felon in possession, carrying concealed in a vehicle without CCW.

Do we need more gun laws to cover this: No.

Next we get some foreshadowing of the things to come from this little experiment:

Ruger 10/22

Ruger 10/22

Here is the information we have from the post:


On Tuesday May 28, 2013 just before 8:00 p.m., Motor Officer Tom Hardin was patrolling in the area of Balch and Waverly avenues when he noticed a vehicle traveling on Balch ave. The vehicle had no front license plate and the rear passenger was not wearing his seatbelt. Officer Hardin initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle for the violations. The vehicle stopped in an apartment complex parking lot in the area of Beck and Phillips ave. When the vehicle came to a stop the passenger in the rear seat immediately jumped out of the vehicle and ran from the scene. The passenger was holding the waistband of his pants appearing to conceal something while running from Officer Hardin. Officer Hardin gave foot chase but had to return to the vehicle which contained other occupants. Assisting officers arrived on scene to assist Officer Hardin. Officer Hardin noticed a subject matching the description of the passenger who ran away, was ducking behind a large bush nearby. Officer Hardin advised nearby Officers to contact the subject who was near the bush while he stood by the vehicle. Officers Jason Peterson and Angelica Alvarado-Risco contacted the subject and found him to be in possession of a concealed loaded firearm. Through investigation officers discovered the subject to be Javonni Lavender, 20 year old resident of Fresno. Lavender was arrested for being a Felon in possession of a concealed loaded firearm, and ammunition.

Posted by Officer Mark Gacayan
Fresno Police Department Traffic Bureau 621-5050

Notice the Butler Creek 25 round .22lr magazine.

Look at that poor old plinker. I’m pretty sure that this was a rifle stock that someone cut down, and then screwed a pistol grip onto. I’m also fair certain that the silver stud you see on the rear of the stock is a sling attachment point (looks like a swivel stud screwed into the side of the stock).

Magazines capable of accepting more than 10 rounds are legal in California, if legally possessed prior to 1/1/2000. Since our criminal is 20 he could not legally possess that magazine (I know, well maybe his dad gave it to him when he was 6! Yeah… do you want to be that test case?). The magazine issue is a “wobbler” (could be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony). I’m thinking they should go felony here.

So we had a guy running around with this shoved down his pants who initially eluded pursuit, and then was spotted in his attempt at ninja like stealth while trying to hide behind a bush in line of sight of the initial crime scene. Genius.

Crimes: Felon in possession, concealed carry without CCW, unregistered SBR, unregistered “Assault Weapon” as defined by California law (length and pistol grip with a magazine outside of the pistol grip), unlawfully possessed magazine capable of holding more than 10 rounds.

Do we need more gun laws to cover this: No. Pretty much everything about that firearm is illegal to possess in California already.


Guns Criminals Actually Use: Fresno, California

We’ve been hearing a lot about evil criminal guns in the media lately (especially here in good old Kalifornia), but we know from the UCR data that rifles of any kind are not used in many shootings. So what are criminals actually using?

I subscribed to my local PD’s Facebook page, and have been kicking this idea around for a while now. I am going to start posting the actual firearm photos that they confiscate from criminals, along with as much information as I can get. I wish I could get all information for every single gun seized from criminals in this city (unfortunately not happening), but I can share what they post.

Get ready, some of this stuff is WILD.