State agent requests assistance
in detaining parolee with weapon

May 07, 2014
Santa Paula News

A state parole agent requested help from Santa Paula Police Thursday when he found the parolee he was making a routine check on had a loaded weapon.

According to Sgt. Jeremy Watson, the incident occurred May 1 at approximately 10:32 a.m. when the SPPD received a request from a state parole agent in the area of the 200 block of Laurie Lane.

“Moments later,” noted Watson, “the parole agent requested officers’ expedite their response,” as the subject he was attempting to detain had a gun.

When SPPD Officers arrived on scene they helped the agent detain two adult males, including one sitting in a car; a .357 Magnum revolver was recovered. 

Watson said the parole agent had come upon the parolee Ernesto Solis when “He was walking from his house to a vehicle across the street... when the agent attempted to stop him, he initially did not comply.” 

Upon the parole agent’s second request the subject dropped the weapon behind a vehicle before complying.

Several units of SPPD Officers arrived on scene and helped the agent detain Ernesto Solis, 24, who is on active parole.

Watson said the weapon was an unusual: “It’s a very large caliber weapon as far as a handgun goes... you could take a bear down with a .357.”

Solis was arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm, felon carrying a concealed firearm on person, felon in possession of ammunition, and violation of parole

Solis was transported and booked into Ventura County Main Jail in Ventura.

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