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April 19, 2021

Soledad Police arrest gang members on weapon charges

SOLEDAD — Soledad Police conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle code violation March 19 at about 10:30 p.m., during which the officers immediately recognized all three of the vehicle’s occupants as active Norteno gang members. 

Jesus Lopez
Robert Ruacho

After a search of the vehicle, three fully loaded “Ghost guns” with high-capacity magazines were found.

Jesus Lopez, Robert Ruacho and a 17-year-old juvenile, all from Soledad, were arrested and charged with multiple weapons violations, including possessing unserialized firearms, high-capacity magazines, gang enhancements and violation of court order.

Lopez and Ruacho were booked into the Monterey County Jail, and the juvenile was taken to the Monterey County Juvenile Hall.

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