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Salinas Police Arrest Rene Vasquez Who Brandished Loaded Gun At People On New Year’s Day

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A 26-year-old man on felony probation for firearm and gang-affiliation convictions was arrested Thursday in Salinas after victims claimed a man pointed a gun, yelled at them and ran away, police said.

Rene Vasquez was booked into the Monterey County Jail on suspicion of brandishing, being a felon in possession of a loaded firearm, possession of burglary tools and violating probation, police Officer Jeffrey Ramsden said.

At 2:22 a.m. Thursday, police were called to the 800 block of Kilbreth Avenue, a block south of North Sanborn Road, where a group of people reported a man brandished firearm, yelled “What’s up, homie?” and then ran past them, according to Ramsden.

Officers arrived and soon spotted Vasquez near 1020 Sieber St. several blocks to the west and arrested him, Ramsden said.

Police recovered a loaded 9mm pistol from beneath a nearby car, he said.

Vasquez declined to answer any questions about the incident but did say he owned a shaved key that officers found in his pocket, according to the officer.

At the time of his arrest, Vasquez was on felony probation on a prior conviction involving firearms and gang affiliation, he said.

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