Three people — including two teens — were arrested after driving on Manteca streets pointing a realistic replica of a handgun at a motorist who happened to be an off-duty police officer.
The officer was driving home in his personal vehicle home on Lathrop Road after his shift had ended at 1 a.m. Monday while wearing plainclothes. A white Ford Mustang convertible stopped at Crestwood Avenue as the front seat passenger pointed a handgun out the passenger side window toward the officer.
Both vehicles then drove in the same direction to the intersection of Lathrop Road and North Main Street. At that intersection the passenger again pointed the gun at the officer from his front window as the Mustang made a right turn onto North Main Street.
Feeling both he and the public were in imminent danger, the officer called the police dispatch and followed the suspect at what he felt was a safe distance. Two marked police units quickly arrived on the scene and conducted a high risk stop on the vehicle and detained three male occupants.
During a search of the Mustang officers located a realistic looking pellet handgun with a laser attached. Eduardo Aguilar, 19, of Manteca was arrested for brandishing the pellet gun, contributing to the delinquency of two minors and for criminal conspiracy. The other two occupants were 16 and 17-year-old minors who were arrested for criminal conspiracy. They were released to their parents.
In a similar complaint, police later received a report at about the same time from an adult motorist who said he had been shot with a pellet gun by subjects in a vehicle matching the description of the white Ford Mustang with a black convertible top. That incident occurred in the area of North Main Street and Louise Avenue just minutes prior to the incident with the off-duty Manteca officer. The male victim was shot on the hand by one of the pellets but was not injured due to his wearing gloves.
The incident is currently under investigation by detectives.