Apr 11, 2016
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A parolee who allegedly ran a red light in front of a cop in Richmond had a loaded gun under his seat along with his two young children riding in the backseat, police said.

The incident unfolded March 30 about 4 p.m. at the intersection of 37th Street and Macdonald Avenue, Richmond police Lt. Felix Tan said.

The foot/bicycle unit officer was patrolling the area when the driver “blatantly ran a red light,” Tan said. The driver quickly parked in a nearby parking lot stall, hoping the cop wouldn’t bother him, but he was out of luck, according to police. Inside the car were the driver’s 5-month-old and 5-year-old, and their mother was in the front passenger seat.

The cop soon learned the driver was on parole for robbery. He also learned while interviewing the parolee that there was a gun — a loaded Beretta .40 caliber — in the car under the driver’s seat.

“The adult pair was booked for the firearms violation and child endangerment,” Tan said. “The children were released to their relatives.”


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.