Three arrested after traffic stop in central Fresno

Officers arrested three people, including one on a weapons charge, in central Fresno on Monday afternoon, Fresno police said.

Passenger Jarmal Packard and driver Joseph Packard, both 18, were in a vehicle near Dakota and Blackstone when police attempted to stop them after seeing the vehicle was registered to a man wanted on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, Fresno police said. The vehicle fled and eventually stopped at North College Avenue and East Lansing Way, after the wanted suspect, Jarmal Packard, fled on foot and dropped a loaded handgun.

Jarmal Packard was arrested on suspicion of a felony assault warrant and a weapons charge, and Joseph Packard was arrested on suspicion of driving violations and allowing the loaded firearm in his vehicle, Fresno police said. A third passenger, a 20-year-old man, was allowed to leave when the scene was cleared by detectives.

A pedestrian, Lesley Hood, 28, was arrested after she walked into the area, attempted to take the keys of the vehicle and hide them from officers, Fresno police said.

All three were booked into the Fresno County Jail.

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