Fresno police arrest two in 'felon with a gun' campaign, issue warrant for a third

The Fresno BeeJuly 16, 2014 

Members of the Fresno Police Department's Street Violence Section confiscated seven guns, arrested two suspects and issued an arrest warrant after carrying out a 48-hour operation this week aimed at disarming convicted felons.

Sgt. Jerardo Chamalbide said that an investigation into possible armed felons led to the execution of three search warrants.

Police searched a home at 2390 S. Walnut St. on Monday and found an M1A1 rifle hidden behind Jermaine Stanley's mattress. Stanley, 24, was on probation for narcotics charges and told police he knew the weapon was hidden in his room. He was booked into Fresno County Jail on weapons charges.

Officers also searched a home on 3741 E. Grant Ave. on Monday afternoon. They believed a resident, Irvin Leon, 25, possessed illegal firearms. The search turned up an AK-47 rifle, an SKS rifle, a Ruger 10/22 rifle, a Smith and Wesson 9 mm handgun and a sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun. Leon was not home and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

The final search was Tuesday at 220 E. Whitesbridge Ave. Police believed convicted felon Timothy McKinney, 57, possessed a gun. During the search, McKinney was spotted driving home. He immediately sped away and officers pursued him. They eventually arrested McKinney without incident. The search yielded a loaded .38-caliber derringer, prescription medication packaged for sale and around $7,000 in cash.

Police are still searching for Leon. Anyone with information on his location is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6015 or at rappleton@fresnobee.com.

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