Three men were arrested in Redwood City over the weekend on various weapon charges, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. On Saturday, sheriff's deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop for a minor traffic violation in the area of El Camino Real and Fifth Avenue about 9:20 p.m., deputy Rebecca Rosenblatt said in a statement Monday.
A second vehicle unsuccessfully attempted to prevent the deputy from stopping the intended vehicle. The intended vehicle evaded police for the next three quarters of a mile before it ultimately came to a stop at El Camino Real and Center Street, Rosenblatt said. A passenger inside the vehicle reportedly pretended to have a medical emergency in an effort to distract the deputies while the other suspects were removed from the car.
Inside the vehicle, deputies found one shotgun, two rifles and a machete. None of the weapons were legally registered and they were loaded, two of which with high capacity magazines, Rosenblatt said.
One of the suspects was also in possession of methamphetamine.
The suspects were identified as Gualberto Figueroa, 36, of Redwood City, Francisco Arreola, 23, and German Alvarado, 19, both of East Palo Alto, Rosenblatt said.
Figueroa was booked on felony charges of possession of a firearm by a felon, carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm, being a gang member with a firearm and possession of large capacity magazines.
Alvarado was booked on four felony charges of carrying a concealed unregistered firearm, carrying a loaded unregistered firearm, unlawfully possessing a firearm, possession of large capacity magazines and a misdemeanor charge of carrying a loaded firearm in public.
Arreola was charged with one felony charge of possession of a controlled substance and four misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm in a vehicle, vehicle pursuit and carrying a loaded firearm in public.