HOLLISTER, CALIFORNIA – September 4, 2013–
On September 3, 2013, the Hollister Police Department charged Sergio Cervantes Jr. (23 yrs) and Alfredo Cervantes (19 yrs), both from Hollister, with charges of felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm with an altered serial number.
On September 3rd at around 11:30 AM, Hollister Police Department Officers, members of U.N.E.T. and the San Benito County Probation Department conducted a probation compliance check at a residence in the 900 block of South St. Officers while conducting a search of Sergio Cervantes Jr and Alfredo Cervantes residence officers located a Winchester Model 1300 Home Defense pump shotgun in a closet of the residence. Both subjects are known documented gang members with the Hollister Police Department.
Both Sergio Cervantes Jr. and Alfredo Cervantes are currently in-custody at San Benito County Jail on unrelated charges.
The Hollister Police Department would like to acknowledge that without collaborative efforts, operations like this would not be possible. The Hollister Police Department is committed to work with all area law enforcement agencies to combat the gang problem within the city of Hollister, San Benito County, and the region.
This successful operation was conducted in support of the City of Hollister's Safe Communities and Neighborhoods project and is funded through the Board of State and Community Corrections CAL GRIP grant program. This grant supports the efforts of the Hollister Police Department to combat gang related incidents, and also to educate the community and parents of children who may be susceptible to gang influence.
The Hollister Police Department would like to remind its citizens that if you have information related to this investigation you can contact the department’s Gang Officer Matthew Weiss at 831-636-4330 ext 132 with this information. Persons wishing to remain anonymous may call WeTip at (800) 78-CRIME. Information provided to WeTip may qualify for a reward.