A gang member was arrested on numerous allegations early Saturday after the 18-year-old was caught carrying a loaded handgun and drinking beer at a gathering in his honor at a closed southwest Fresno park, police said.
Sgt. Paul Cervantes with the Multi-Agency Gang Enforcement Consortium said that Jacob Sales ran from detectives and tossed a loaded .38-caliber revolver onto the roof of a building when police confronted him at Frank H. Ball playground just after midnight. Five other men were cited for drinking in public and being at the park after hours.
Cervantes said the men were celebrating Sales’ 18th birthday – and the fact that he had just been released from felony juvenile probation. The gang is connected to violent activity that has plagued southwest Fresno recently, Cervantes added.
The arrest is part of the task force’s focus to keep guns out the hands of felons. The team has recovered 193 firearms this year.
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