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POSTED March 27, 2014 1:20 a.m.

Ripon police watch for reasons to stop motorists to keep their community a safe place to live, a department spokesman said Wednesday morning.

First Sergeant Steve Merchant said citizens have asked why there are so many people pulled over routinely in the community for minor offenses. He said he responds by explaining its part of a department strategy to keep residents safe.

Officer Kyle Gomes made such a “false registration” car stop on Parallel Avenue near Highway 99 shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday and ended up arresting two men in their mid-40s from Patterson. When checking the registration, the officer found that the tag was not assigned to the vehicle’s license plate. The passenger in the vehicle Jessie Montelongo, Jr., 47, was determined to have a no bail warrant out for his arrest. 

Six knives, including a fighting knife, were stashed under his front seat. A meth pipe, a marijuana pipe and multiple syringes in addition to burned spoons were located in the 1989 Chevy Silverado that was not registered to either of the men, police said.

Montelongo, already on parole, was charged with having a syringe in a jacket and other multiple syringes in the vehicle. 

Frank Minjariz, Jr., 48, also of Patterson, reportedly had marijuana in his possession that was allegedly found during a pat down. He was released from county jail later in the day on Tuesday.

Montelongo, Jr., is scheduled to appear in the Manteca Branch of the San Joaquin County Superior Court today at 1:30 p.m. 

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