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May 28, 2024

Hollister police find assault rifle, body armor on traffic stop

Courtesy of the Hollister Police Department:

On August 17, 2019 the Hollister Police Department stopped a man for suspected drunk driving. Two rifles, including an AR-15 type assault and body armor with rifle plates.

At about 2:13 am Sergeant James Weathers stopped a vehicle and detained the driver for suspected driving under the influence of alcohol. The driver and only occupant of the vehicle was identified as Hollister resident Michael Mendoza, 31.

Officer Nick Rudolfs arrived and conducted a DUI investigation on Mendoza. He was found to be driving under the influence of alcohol and arrested.

As Officer Rudolfs continued his investigation several rifles were found, including several parts for AR-15 type assault rifles. Body armor with metal plates and a rifle scope was also found. The metal plates are used to stop rifle rounds.

Mendoza is a gang member and convicted felon.

Mendoza was charged with felon in possession of a firearm, possession of an assault weapon, violent felon in possession of body armor, possession of a firearm with prior violent offenses, and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Anyone with information regarding these investigations is requested to contact the Hollister Police Department at 831-636-4330. Persons wishing to remain anonymous may call WeTip at (800) 78-CRIME. Information provided to WeTip may qualify for a reward.