Police arrested a man earlier this week in downtown Palo Alto for allegedly possessing a stolen semi-automatic handgun that was loaded and equipped with a high-capacity magazine.
Officers were on routine patrol at about 3:35 a.m. on Tuesday when they saw a blue 2018 Nissan Altima parked in the red zone next to the 7-Eleven store in the 400 block of Waverley Street. The car's engine was running and a man appeared to be asleep behind the wheel, according to a press release from the Palo Alto Police Department.
"When officers contacted the man, they saw a black handgun in plain view on the front seat within the man's reach," the press release said. "Officers safely detained the man without incident."
The 9mm semi-automatic handgun in the car turned out to be loaded, equipped with a high-capacity magazine. It was reported stolen in Houston, Texas in 2017, police said.
The 21-year-old man was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on suspicion of possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a loaded firearm, which are both felonies, as well as a misdemeanor charge of carrying a concealed weapon.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to [email protected] or sent by text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984.
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