On Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 11:04 a.m., Pedro Garcia, 20, was heard playing loud music in his car by a nearby patrol officer. The officer positioned himself behind Garcia’s car to conduct a traffic stop but Garcia attempted to evade the officer. Garcia accelerated rapidly southbound on Hobson Way but lost control of his vehicle after passing Seventh Street. He struck the curb and drove onto the sidewalk in front of Hobson Park West. When Garcia opened his driver’s door he dropped a loaded handgun and started running into the park from his disabled vehicle. The officer was able to apprehend him without incident.
Garcia was arrested and later transported to the Ventura County Jail under a number of charges including the following: felon in possession of a gun, carrying a loaded firearm on one’s person, carrying a concealed firearm in a vehicle, possession of a controlled substance with firearm, possession of controlled substance and disobeying a court order (gang injunction). Garcia has prior convictions for unlawful possession of firearms and is a documented gang member. He is on parole for assault with a deadly weapon and was arrested in March of this year for firearms related charges. He was scheduled to attend court on the previously pending charges this week.