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Stolen handgun recovered in Turlock traffic stop
Rodolfo Guzman
Rodolfo Ramos Guzman

An attempt to stop a vehicle on a traffic violation ended with the arrest of the 21-year-old driver and the recovery of a stolen handgun.

Shortly before 5 p.m. Friday, a Turlock Police officer spotted a vehicle that failed to come to a complete stop at the posted stop sign at N. Tully Road and Canal Drive. As the officer attempted to catch up to the vehicle, the driver turned onto Roth Court, without signaling, said Turlock Police Sgt. Stephen Webb.

The driver, identified as Rodolfo Ramos Guzman, stopped the vehicle in the area of Roth Way and N. Tully Road.

The first officer to approach the vehicle saw a pair of brass knuckles sitting in Guzman’s lap and informed him he was under arrest for possession of an illegal weapon, Webb said.

Guzman refused to get out of the vehicle and resisted the officers when they tried to take him into custody, according to the police report.

Once officers had Guzman in custody they searched his car and found a loaded handgun. A check of the gun revealed it had been stolen during a burglary on April 2.

Guzman was booked into Stanislaus County Jail on charges of possession of brass knuckles, possession of a stolen handgun, possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle, and resisting arrest.