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Berkeley, California (Tuesday, February 27, 2018) - Seized Pistol

  On February 24, 2018, at 6:16pm, an alert community member called BPD Dispatch to report having seen a man with a gun in line at a restaurant on the 2100 block of Shattuck Avenue in Downtown Berkeley.  The reporting party described the subject as a Hispanic male, 20's, with neck and hand tattoos, wearing a black hoodie and black jeans.  The reporting party further related that he saw the pistol in the suspect's back pocket. 

Two Officers and a Supervisor arrived on scene minutes later and located a similarly described subject standing inside the business at the counter.  The subject was detained in handcuffs without incident.  During the detention officers could see the pistol in his rear pants pocket.  They recovered a loaded, semi-automatic 9mm handgun which was registered to him.  The suspect (identified as Ernest Ochoa-Tavares 26, of Oakland) was booked into the BPD jail for carrying a loaded firearm in public and for carrying a concealed firearm (both misdemeanors).

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