Two Modesto men were arrested on weapons charges after they were pulled over in Ceres on Monday morning, August 15 for driving on expired car registration and a defective brake light.
At 10:32 a.m. Officer Justin Cantasy was patrolling the area of Musick and Holm avenues when he saw the silver Infiniti and made a traffic stop in front of Summary Market at 1114 Herndon Avenue.
As the vehicle pulled into the parking lot, the rear passenger door immediately opened and. Andres Camacho, 23, of Modesto, begin to get out. Fearing that Camacho may attempt to flee or may have a weapon, the officer held Camacho at gun point and ordered him back inside the vehicle. Officer Charles Hernandez arrived on scene to assist.
Four other individuals inside the vehicle - Ramiro Barrueta, 18, Nicole Hedgedus, 22, Antonio Rosales, 19, and Reyna Villegas, 23, all of Modesto - appeared nervous. A records check revealed Camacho was on parole and Rosales was on probation.
All occupants were removed from the vehicle and a search yielded an unloaded and unregistered "sawed off" shotgun lying behind the passenger seat on the rear floor board. Three shotgun shells were found behind the driver's seat. The search also produced a loaded silver derringer .38 special pistol in the pocket behind the passenger.
The officers determined that the shotgun belonged to Barrueta and the pistol belonged to Camacho. Both were arrested for felony concealed weapons violations. In addition, a parole hold was placed on Camacho.
The others were released at the scene.