A citizen’s report led to the arrest of three gang members with firearms in Oxnard Friday afternoon.
Oxnard Police responded to the area of Yale Street and Highland Avenue to investigate a citizen’s report of several gang members loitering in the area. Officers arrived and observed seven subjects with open containers of alcohol.
During the investigation, officers say they attempted to search 21-year old Filemoni Aloese from Oxnard but he became uncooperative. Officers found a 9-shot 22 caliber revolver concealed in Aloese’s waistband.
Officers also found a hammer concealed on another gang member in the group, 23-year old Rodolfo Raya from Oxnard. Raya also reportedly had a concealed meth pipe on his person.
When officers searched the vehicle near the group, they found a 22 caliber semi-automatic pistol. The red Nissan Sentra was determined to belong to another member in the group, 20-year old Russel Escalone.
Aloese and Escalona were arrested for firearms-related charges and Raya was arrested for concealing a weapon as well as having drug paraphernalia.
The Oxnard Police Department encourages residents to call the Oxnard Police Department at 1-800-222-8477 to report any suspicious behavior.