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See Something, Say Something Results in Illegal Firearm Arrest

A report of suspicious behavior led to SMPD arresting two individuals with an unregistered handgun

On May 8, 2021 at approximately 3:00 AM, Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) Officers responded to the 900 block of Georgina Avenue regarding a report of suspicious behavior involving two individuals. The reporting person believed they were prowling. Upon the officers' arrival, they witnessed the described vehicle leaving the area at a high rate of speed.

The vehicle failed to obey several traffic signs and continued to be reckless until officers were able to stop it a short distance away. When officers made contact with the vehicle, the driver showed obvious signs of intoxication. Inside the vehicle, were open alcoholic beverages. This led officers to conduct standardized field sobriety tests. Officers subsequently recovered a loaded firearm on the passenger's person. The driver of the vehicle, Marcos H. Chino, a 19-year-old Hispanic male from Los Angeles was arrested and booked for 23152(g) VC –Driving under the Influence (drugs and alcohol).

The passenger, Marcos J. Saquich, a 20-year-old Hispanic male from Los Angeles was arrested and booked for 25850(c)(6)PC –Carrying a Loaded Firearm–not registered.


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