ATWATER — Two men and a teenager were arrested on suspicion of illegal firearm possession and other charges Wednesday after Atwater police got a report of a suspicious vehicle in the 2500 block of Olive Avenue.
Police responded to the scene at 10:44 p.m. and found a parked green Toyota 4Runner. As officers approached, one of the four people inside got out and fled, according to Lt. Sam Joseph.
The two officers spoke to the three remaining people at the vehicle -- Don Siprasert, 22, Victor Manuel Tristan Ramirez, 20, and a 17-year-old male juvenile. The officers reported a smell of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle and said beer cans could be seen.
Police officers ordered the suspects out of the vehicle. Siprasert initially refused, but eventually complied. Joseph said police searched Siprasert and found a semi-automatic handgun in his waistband, Joseph said.
While searching the vehicle, police reported finding a stolen 9mm semiautomatic handgun, which was loaded with seven rounds.
During the call, police determined that the juvenile was on probation. The whereabouts of the person who fled the scene was unknown late Thursday.
Siprasert was booked on suspicion of contributing to the delinquency of minor, possession of marijuana and illegal gun possession.
Ramirez was booked on suspicion of possessing marijuana, carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle, contributing to the delinquency of minor and possession of stolen property.
Both men have bailed out of jail.
-- Sun-Star staff