KING CITY — On March 16, at about 10:13 p.m., officers from the King City Police Department responded to the 400 block of Jayne Street regarding a report of subjects cocking a handgun and getting into a vehicle not known to the area.

When officers arrived, a resident pointed out the vehicle. Officers approached the vehicle and discovered a male subject — later identified as Romeo Tejeda-Gonzalez, 18, of Greenfield — slumped over in the back seat. 

As officers attempted to contact him, police said Tejeda-Gonzalez charged them, but they were able to stop him and take him into custody.

Officers found a loaded handgun in one of Tejeda-Gonzalez’s pockets. Inspection showed the handgun did not have a serial number and is frequently referred to as a “ghost gun.”

Tejeda-Gonzalez was booked into the Monterey County Jail on multiple weapon charges, battery on a police officer and resisting arrest. 

“King City Police Department would like to thank the community for reporting suspicious activity when observed,” police said. “Working together, we can make our community a safer place.” 

Anyone with more information regarding this case is encouraged to contact KCPD at 831-385-4848; Sgt. Anthony Shaw at 831-386-5996 or [email protected]; or the WeTip line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

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