Four men were arrested Saturday afternoon in the Sonoma Valley area on gang and firearm and stolen property charges, according to he Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. The men were spotted by a deputy just after noon on Saturday on the 23500 block of Millerick Lane, standing near a white Nissan Frontier pick-up, according to Sgt. Dave Pedersen.
The deputy stopped to contact the men because he saw that the majority were wearing gang colors. In addition, a white Nissan Frontier had been reported leaving the area of a gang-related shooting that occurred on April 5th near Maxwell Farms Regional Park, Pedersen said.
The men scattered when they saw the deputy, with four driving away in a red Ford Mustang, two walking into a nearby wine tasting room and two remaining inside the truck. The deputy detained the two subjects inside the truck, Luis Alberto Barragan, a 18-year-old Sonoma resident, and Byron Raymond Alvarez, a 24-year-old Sonoma resident, after discovering two rifles, a shotgun and a handgun in the bed of the truck, as well as a loaded .357 handgun under Alvarez’s seat and ammunition.
The guns were later found to have been stolen in a residential burglary in the El Verano area the day before. Of the suspects that had entered the wine tasting room, only Daniel Chevarria, a 26-year-old Sonoma resident, was located. He was arrested for violating his probation by being with other gang members. The red Mustang was later located at the registered owner’s house, and David Garcia, a 20-year-old Sonoma resident was arrested for possession of a dangerous weapon, a billy club.
Searches of the suspects’ homes later turned up seven firearms at one home, and a loaded 9 mm handgun in Chavarria’s bedroom that was not registered to him. All four suspects were found to have criminal gang ties, and were booked into Sonoma County Jail on a variety of weapons, stolen property and gang charges, Pedersen said.
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