Winters police seize firearms, arrest gang member and teens

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Following up on a lead from a dispatch report of a gun brandishing incident in Davis, Winters police arrested a Woodland man, two teens and seized multiple firearms on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

Winters Police Chief John P. Miller told the Express they had received a report from the Davis Police Department through dispatch that someone in a car registered with a Winters address had brandished a firearm.

With the vehicle description and a license plate number Winters police officers responded to Snapdragon Street. Miller said the officers saw the described vehicle enter the neighborhood at a high rate of speed and they conducted a high-risk vehicle stop.

They detained Jeremy Nguyen, 20, of Woodland along with a 15-year-old male and a 17-year-old male, both from Winters.

Officers conducted a subsequent search of the car and recovered two loaded handguns, a revolver with the serial number removed and one spent shell in the cylinder, and a semiautomatic handgun with no serial number — which Miller said is referred to as a “ghost gun.”

According to Miller, Nguyen is a validated gang member of the Norteños through the Yolo County Gang Task Force. 

He reported that Nguyen was booked into the Yolo County Jail on multiple charges including felony possession of a concealed, loaded and unregistered firearm; removing a serial number from a firearm; committing a crime while released on bail; and gang enhancements as well as two misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The juveniles were both booked into the Yolo County Juvenile Hall on charges including possession of a concealed, loaded and unregistered firearm; removing a serial number from a firearm; and gang enhancements. The 17-year-old also faces misdemeanor counts of reckless driving and driving without a license, Miller said.

He told the Express that Yolo County has seen increased gang activity, including Winters. 

“Winters is not immune. We’re just like any other community,” Miller said.

While most of the gang related incidents have been from members from other cities, Miller said the community plays a big part in helping to keep an eye in their neighborhoods.

Community members can help by reporting suspicious activity, signs of graffiti, and abandoned vehicles to the Winters Police Department non-Emergency line by calling 530-795-4561 or sending an email tips.winters@winterspolice.org.

“If you see something, say something,” Miller said. The community is our eyes and ears.”

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