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HPD arrests felon with handgun on SB High School campus

Officers arrest Steven Reyes Aguirre for various gun charges. Police report says he was first seen at the SB High School parking lot near Baler Alley
Aguirre was located near Baler Alley on the San Benito High School Campus

On Oct. 25 at about 9:22 p.m. Hollister Police Officers responded to reports of a man with a firearm at San Benito High School located on 1220 Monterey Street in Hollister.  
According to a press release by the HPD, Officer Melgoza was the first to arrive at the school parking lot near Baler Alley. He located a man who matched the description given by a witness. The male was later identified as Steven Reyes Aguirre, 29.   
"Officer Melgoza ordered Aguirre to stop but he refused to obey police commands and fled on foot across Baler Alley while holding something at his waist. He hid behind a storage unit but was quickly located and arrested by Officer Melgoza.  Other officers arrived to assist and a search in the area revealed a loaded handgun where Aguirre had attempted to hide," the release stated.     

Aguirre was transported to the San Benito County Jail where he was booked for the following charges:   

  • Being a felon in possession of a loaded firearm 
  • Possessing a firearm while on school grounds 
  • Carrying a firearm with intent to commit a felony 
  • Carrying a concealed firearm 
  • Possession of a high capacity firearm magazine 
  • Delaying and obstructing a police officer 
  • Destruction of evidence. 

"Law Enforcement is a partnership with the community and we need our citizens to be good witnesses. It is with their help that we can achieve our mutual goal to make Hollister safer community.  The Hollister Police Department would like to thank those citizens who called police to advise us of this dangerous situation," said the news release.  
The news release requested anyone with "information on this case or any other pending investigation call the Hollister Police Department at 636-4330.  Persons wishing to remain anonymous can call the WeTip Hotline at 800-78-CRIME.  Information provided to WeTip may qualify for a reward."  


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I see Mr. Aguirre, a convicted felon, was booked on 7 serious charges.  You know if we only had another 10 or 12 laws I'm sure he would have thought twice about getting into this situation.Then again, maybe not. 

Did it ever occur to the legislators that deterrence just does not work for a large section of the criminal element and they should not be back out on the street?  This situation had all the earmarks of a murder just waiting to happen.

Marty Richman

Marty, I doubt if any of the charges will be prosecuted. Have you noticed there is never any follow up on these arrests from the DA's office? There is a big staff shortage in that office and very few lower level, non lethal crimes are prosecuted. This guy will plead down to misdemeanor trespassing and be released with time served. All he will get will be another tattoo.

BenitoLink could better serve the public if it followed up on the prosecution and final disposition of these major arrests.

--William McCarey

Good idea, I'll bring it up - full credit to you.

Marty Richman

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