Police Arrest Man Found Sleeping in Parking Lot With Weapon

Release Date/Time: 7/20/2014 12:42 PM

Incident: Police Arrest Man Found Sleeping in Parking Lot With Weapon

Report #: 14-070948

Date: Sunday, 7/20/2014

Time: 9:55 AM

Location: 341 Williams Rd. - OHS Laundromat

A Salinas Police Officer was flagged down by a concerned citizen who wanted to report a man with a gun. She told the officer, she noticed a green Oldsmobile parked in front of the laundromat at 341 Williams Rd. There was a male seated behind the wheel who appeared to be asleep. Her husband was about to wake him up when he noticed a handgun tucked inside the man's waistband. As Jose Duran (27) continued to sleep, several officers responded to stop nearby traffic and clear the crowded parking lot of bystanders. Duran awoke as officers were preparing to make contact with him. He complied with commands to surrender and to not reach for the weapon.  As a result, he was safely taken into custody without incident. Duran was found to be in possession of a BB gun that was virtually identical in appearance to a real handgun. He told officers he had recently found the gun, but offered no explanation to why it was in his waistband. Duran was booked in jail for three traffic warrants and the city code ordinance prohibiting possession of a dangerous weapon.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250