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Two Gang Members Arrested After Fleeing Vehicle and Dropping Stolen Gun in Morgan Hill

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Two juveniles with Norteno gang affiliations were arrested after dropping a stolen gun during a police pursuit on Friday in Morgan Hill, according to police. Officers pulled over a car on Wright Avenue near Del Monte Lane about 4 p.m. Two people in the vehicle provided false information to police and then fled on foot, police said.

One, a 16-year-old boy, was apprehended at the scene. He was arrested and later cited and released to his legal guardian, police said. The second suspect dropped a fixed-blade knife as he ran from the vehicle. About 50 yards away, he dropped a .40-caliber handgun on the grounds of a nearby private school as he fled, police said.

Investigators identified the suspect, but he evaded arrest for two days, police said. He was finally apprehended Sunday at a home in the 100 block of West Main Avenue, according to police. The suspect was booked into Juvenile Hall for a probation violation; possession of a loaded, stolen handgun; possession of a firearm on school grounds; possession of a dagger; and resisting arrest, police said. The handgun had been stolen in a burglary in Gilroy, according to Morgan Hill police. Police said they are asking the district attorney’s office to add gang enhancements to the charges against the suspect who had the weapons.

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