In two separate actions, San Leandro police have arrested two men with guns during routine enforcement actions. In neither case were the guns used at the time of apprehension.
In the first preventive arrest, officer stopped a car for a vehicle code violation on Lewelling Boulevard near Tropic Court at about 6:45 pm Tuesday. Police say they asked the driver, Rafael Rosas, 37, of Oakland, if he had anything they ought to know about. He said he had an unloaded gun in his truck. Police took him for possession of an unloaded weapon. (see note below)
In the second action, police say they conducted a probation search of a hotel room on Lewelling Boulevard at 1 am Wednesday morning and found a loaded firearm. They arrested Carlos Ferrer, 20, for possessing the loaded firearm.
These two arrests come as the city experienced its third armed robbery of a store full of customers, when two masked men held up the Home Depot at Westgate Center Tuesday night.
The Home Depot heist was the city's third armed store robbery in less than four months, the first being a Safeway stickup in September, and the other being a WalMart holdup in December in the same Westgate Shopping Center as Home Depot.
Police continue to investigate that robbery. Patch will update the story.
(Note: In an earlier verion of this story, police confused "truck" with trunk, and as a result Patch reported that Rosas had been arrested for having an unloaded firearm in his trunk. Police corrected their error.)