Police / Fire

Police Recover Loaded Gun and Drugs at Skate Park


HOLLISTER, CALIFORNIA – October 3, 2013 – On Thursday, October 3, 2013 at about noon, Hollister Police officers arrested Matthew Doty, (20 yrs), at the Veteran’s Memorial Skate Park for possession of a loaded firearm in a public place and for a $25,000 felony warrant for possession of marijuana for sales.

Officer Rodriguez was patrolling the area of the skate park due to ongoing complaints of drug activity in the area. Officer Rodriguez observed a white male adult standing beside a silver sedan parked near the Hollister Skate Park at Veterans Memorial Park. Officer Rodriguez observed that the man was not skating and was speaking to several young skateboarders at the park. Officer Rodriguez made contact with the man who identified himself as Matthew Doty. A routine check revealed that he had a $25,000 felony warrant for his arrest for possession of marijuana for sales.

Officer Rodriguez placed Doty in custody for the warrant and during a subsequent search of his vehicle, a loaded shotgun and several rounds of ammunition were located. A small amount of marijuana was also located in the vehicle.

Doty was later booked at San Benito County Jail.

“Cleaning up our parks, public areas and schools is a priority at Hollister Police Department. Individuals and families are encouraged to use these facilities as they were intended. We ask the public to call us when something illegal or suspicious is observed. We need everyone to work together to keep our city safe and clean. Community is spelled with “U” and “I” in it.” – David Westrick, Chief of Police


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BenitoLink Staff