In the late morning on Tuesday, Jan. 16, Escalon Police Officer Carl Poortinga contacted a subject in a suspicious vehicle parked in the 1500 block of Yosemite Avenue. Seated in the driver’s seat was the sole occupant, later identified as Raul Soto, 20, from Cactus, Texas.
Soto provided Officer Poortinga with a fake name. Officer Poortinga searched the vehicle and located a loaded .40 caliber Glock pistol with a 22 round magazine affixed to it. Also located in the vehicle was a loaded 8 round magazine and approximately 90 grams of marijuana. Also, concealed on Soto was a fixed blade knife.
Soto was subsequently arrested for carrying a loaded firearm in public, being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a high capacity magazine, possession of more than 28.5 grams of marijuana, and possession of alcohol.
He was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail.