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* Romero Venegas Arrested In Salinas On Federal Warrant After Trying To File False Police Report

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A 35-year-old man was arrested in Salinas Thursday morning on an outstanding federal warrant after he allegedly made a false report to police that his ex-girlfriend was burglarizing his house, police said. Officers went to a home in the 100 block of Orchard Avenue at about 7:10 a.m. on reports of a burglary in process. Police said the suspect, Romero Venegas, had reported that his ex-girlfriend was burglarizing his house.However, investigators later determined that Venegas allegedly fabricated the report as a result of a domestic dispute he was experiencing with his ex-girlfriend. Officers responding to reports of the burglary spotted Venegas driving away and pulled him over. Police said he lied about his name, but officers recognized him from a case two weeks ago when Venegas allegedly ran from officers during a traffic stop and left a stolen firearm in his car.Police said Venegas is a gang member and that he had a federal warrant out for his arrest. His previous arrest in the gun case was turned over to the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearm, Tobacco and Explosives due to his gang’s alleged involvement in Operation Ceasefire and he was facing federal prosecution, police said.Venegas was expected to be turned over to ATF agents today.

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