The Hollister Police Department arrested a local man for possession of a firearm and a “slungshot” that’s associated with hurting others as a weapon, according to a statement released Wednesday.
According to the HPD statement:
On Oct. 9 at about 9:40 p.m., Officer Evan Umstead was on patrol in the 1000 block of Airline Highway area when he stopped a vehicle for a vehicle code violation.
During the course of Officer Umstead’s investigation a handgun was discovered hidden in the vehicle. The handgun was loaded with a high capacity magazine with another high capacity magazine located next to the firearm. Officer Umstead also discovered Ramiro Blanco Jr. was in possession of a “Slungshot”. A “Slungshot” is a long cord with a weight on one end and designed to severely hurt someone when used as a weapon. In California and many other states it is illegal to possess as it can be used as a deadly weapon.
Blanco was transported and booked into the San Benito County jail for carrying a loaded firearm, possessing a dangerous weapon, and two counts of possessing high capacity magazines.
Anyone with information regarding these investigations is requested to contact Officer Evan Umstead 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.