A traffic stop last week resulted in the arrest of two Fresno transients — one for alleged weapons charges, the other on suspicion of stolen financial information.
Tony Botti, spokesman for the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, said Tuesday that Joie Carrell, 32, and Cherice McMillian, 35, were arrested Jan. 14 near Palm and Shields avenues in central Fresno.
Botti said Carrell is a self-admitted gang member and deputies found a loaded, sawed-off shotgun in a backpack at his feet with its serial numbers filed off. Botti said deputies also found a bandanna which showed a swastika and Carrell’s gang affiliation. McMillian was found with stolen credit cards, credit profiles and checks.
Both suspects were on active probation.
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Carrell was booked into Fresno County Jail on suspicion of being an ex-felon possessing a firearm and ammunition, possessing a short-barrel shotgun and tampering with the serial number. McMillian was booked on suspicion of identity theft, burglary and possessing stolen property. Both remained locked up at midday Tuesday.
Anyone with information about the suspects is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (559) 600-3111 or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP (7867).