Sleepy gangsters arrested for weapons, parole violations
HESPERIA • Two gang members were found while sleeping in a vehicle for several hours at a Denny's parking lot Tuesday afternoon, according to officials from San Bernardino County Sheriff's Hesperia station.
Deputy Scott Hert was dispatched to conduct a welfare check on the dozing duo only to find the vehicle drive away as he approached. Hert eventually stopped the vehicle nearby Main Street and Escondido Avenue and identified the driver, Gilbert Espinosa, and his passenger, Diana Ramirez, as documented gang members from the Oxnard area.
Hert confirmed that Espinosa was on active parole and began a search of the vehicle alongside Deputy Lisa Walker. The two deputies located a knife, a loaded Smith and Wesson .40-caliber semi automatic pistol, a machete with an 18-inch blade and drug paraphernalia.
Both felons were arrested and booked at the Victor Valley Jail. Espinosa, who was on active parole for felon in possession of a weapon, was booked for carrying concealed weapons with a prior felony conviction and participating in a criminal street gang, and state parole has issued a no-bail hold.
Ramirez, who was on Ventura County probation for felony possession of a controlled substance, was also booked for similar charges and is being held on $100,000 bail.