Police arrest gang member associate for loaded firearm possession


KING CITY — On May 31, at about 8:58 p.m., officers from the King City Police Department were dispatched to the 400 block of N. Vanderhurst Ave. regarding an incidence of possible physical domestic violence that involved a Hispanic male adult beating a female on the sidewalk.

Officers arrived in the area and discovered both parties had fled the scene on foot. During a search of the area, they spotted a subject matching the description in the 400 block of Lynn St. The subject ran from the officer, but after a short foot pursuit, was taken into custody. 


A search of the area where the subject ran was conducted and a loaded .38 Caliber revolver and a box of .38 Caliber ammunition was located and recovered as evidence.

The male subject was later identified as 23-year-old Gustavo Antonio Vargas, a known active southern gang member associate from King City. Vargas was taken to Monterey County Jail in Salinas on charges of possession of a concealed loaded firearm on a person in public, resisting or delaying an officer in the performance of their duties, gang enhancements and violation of probation.