Friday night phone calls reporting gunfire led Menlo Park police to the 1100 block of Willow Road around 10:37 p.m. on Sept. 20.
There, they found 24-year-old Saul Mendoza, of South San Francisco, who reportedly attempted to run away, according to police. Despite struggling, he was taken into custody. Officers said they also discovered a loaded gun and a "large amount" of marijuana and methamphetamine nearby.
Mr. Mendoza was booked into San Mateo County jail on weapons and narcotics charges as well as battery on a law enforcement officer.
For many residents, it was a warm and quiet afternoon in Menlo Park on Sept. 18. But for one person, the pace of the day quickened as the citizen spotted a man and car that looked out of place in the 900 block of Crane Street.
The citizen called the police around 1 p.m., and a detective with the narcotics enforcement team responded. In a nearby apartment complex, Det. Nick Douglas discovered a car reported stolen out of Redwood City bearing license plates reported stolen out of Palo Alto.
He also found Ramon Bernal, 38, of Richmond, a man with a long list of warrants from Redwood City for assault with a deadly weapon, battery, vandalism, and violating a restraining order, according to the police report.
Police retrieved "a large amount of stolen property" that they suspect may be linked to a series of burglaries, according to the report.
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