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Police Recover Stolen Handgun, Arrest 3 After Shots Fired Call Near KOA

Just before 9:00 p.m. last night, San Angelo Police conducted an investigatory traffic stop on a vehicle near the 2700 block of Sunset drive.  The vehicle, a blue 2005 Chevrolet Suburban, matched the description of a vehicle leaving the area of reported shots fired in the 6600 block of Knickerbocker road.

During the contact, Officers observed a handgun in plain view behind the driver’s seat and open containers of alcohol. 

Police identified the driver and passengers as 24-year-old Araceli Espinola, 23-year-old Steven Ray Gamez, and 20-year-old Brianna Molina of San Angelo.  Espinola and Molina were found to have outstanding warrants and were placed under arrest.  Additionally, Espinola received Citations for Driving While License Invalid and Open Container.   

Gamez was arrested and charged with Unlawful Carrying Weapon after a record’s check of the gun revealed it was reported stolen out of Tom Green County.  When Officers conducted a search of Gamez incident to his arrest, they located a bag containing several Xanax pills.  Gamez was additionally charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 3 and received a citation for Discharging a Firearm Inside City Limits after police learned Gamez had reportedly fired the handgun near the northwest side of the KOA Campground on Knickerbocker Road. 

The trio was transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident.