On Friday, March 17, Hollister Police officers responded to the 900 block of Monterey Street to a large fight between multiple youths. Prior to arriving, officers were advised there may be a subject with a firearm.
According to a press release from the HPD, most of the involved persons had fled but an officer did spot three males matching the descriptions given by concerned callers. Several Hollister Police officers and deputies from the San Benito County Sheriff’s Office converged on the area.
When an officer attempted to contact the three males, two cooperated but one male attempted to flee on foot. Deputies chased the fleeing male and were able to catch the suspect a short time later. It was then learned he was a juvenile.
A deputy informed Hollister Police officers that the juvenile suspect had thrown a handgun into the bed of a pickup truck as he was fleeing. A short time later, the loaded handgun was found. Ammunition that matched the caliber of the handgun was found on one of the two subjects who were being questioned by officers, police said. The male possessing the ammunition was Manuel Garcia, 18, of Modesto. At least one of the suspects is an admitted active gang member, according to the press release. The suspects were arrested for possessing a loaded firearm, possessing ammunition with a felony conviction, resisting arrest and a probation violation.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Officer Guevara at the Hollister Police Department at 636-4330. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call the WeTip hotline at 800-87-CRIME. Information provided to WeTip may qualify for a reward.