A routine check of a suspicious vehicle in the area of Hogan Park on Sunday evening resulted in the arrest of a Stockton man on felony charges.
Escalon Police said Donnell Sims, 20, from Stockton was taken into custody shortly after 8:15 p.m.
He was in a vehicle with four other occupants at Hogan Park, along Escalon Avenue, on Sunday evening.
According to the police report, Officer Gustavo Flores observed the vehicle during a routine security check and, upon further investigation, Flores recognized Sims as being one of two people arrested locally last July 4 for resisting arrest.
“Mr. Sims did not have any identification but he was identified through our local records systems as being Donnell Sims,” the police report noted.
As Officer Flores was getting Sims out of the vehicle, he observed the grip of a firearm sticking out from underneath the front passenger seat. Escalon Officer Richard Francis, who was also on scene, immediately ordered everyone out of the vehicle.
The firearm was subsequently checked and determined to be a loaded Cobra .45 caliber handgun. The serial number had been partially removed, but Officer Francis was able to retrieve the serial number, which showed that the firearm was reported stolen to Stockton Police Department.
Sims was booked at San Joaquin County Jail for the following felony charges: carrying a concealed firearm in a vehicle, carrying a loaded stolen firearm and possession of a firearm with altered or removed serial number.
Bail was originally set at $210,000 pending arraignment in Manteca Superior Court.