KING CITY — King City Police have arrested a local teenager on multiple weapons-related charges.

On Nov. 30, officers responded to a residence regarding a report of suspicious activity. The reporting party provided video footage depicting four juveniles who were walking in the area and appeared to be intoxicated. 

“One of the juveniles made statements alluding to criminal activity,” police said in a news release. “This juvenile was identified by moniker and was known to King City Police Department officers.”

A probation search of the juvenile’s residence was conducted, with assistance from the Monterey County Probation Department, the Greenfield Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Office.

During the search, police found a stolen sawed-off shotgun in the 17-year-old’s bedroom as well as ammunition inside an extended magazine and numerous pieces of gang paraphernalia.

After the juvenile was taken into custody, a loaded handgun was located in his waistband. 

“King City Police Department would like to commend the concerned community member who reported the suspicious activity,” police said. “Because they reported the suspicious activity, and provided video footage, an investigation was initiated. The investigation culminated in the arrest of the juvenile and confiscation of illegal firearms, magazines, ammunition and gang paraphernalia.”

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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.


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