Did the Santa Ana Police Department Nab a Potential Mass Shooter?

These magazines, ammunition, weapon and bag were seized from the park storage room. (All photos courtesy of Santa Ana Police Department)

The Santa Ana Police Department announced the Monday night arrest of a man who was allegedly in possession of a loaded 45-caliber stolen handgun, around 18 magazines loaded with ammunition of various calibers and a vest with weights removed from the pockets and replaced with loaded magazines “for easy access.”

One magazine allegedly seized from 37-year-old Ruben Perez was an extended model that holds 31 rounds of 9mm ammo, according to police.

Dispatch received a call just before 6:40 p.m. Monday about an unknown man making criminal threats at Carl Thornton Park, 1801  W. Segerstom Ave., Santa Ana.

This vest filled with magazines was also seized.

The calling party reported the stranger forced entry into a park storage room and that he threatened he had a “strap,” according to police.

Officers arrived to confront the man, who was “uncooperative” before “a minor use of force” was used to subdue him, police say.

“A search of the storage room, which the suspect had made into a living quarter, revealed a plethora of stolen items,” states a Santa Ana Police Department statement, which itemized the handgun, magazines,  ammunition and weight vest described earlier.

Ruben Perez

The suspect, identified as Perez, was arrested on suspicion of possession of the weaponry and stolen items and taken to the Santa Ana Detention Facility.

He’s now being held in the county Central Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department online database, which notes Perez has an appearance in the jail court scheduled for Wednesday.

No occupation is listed for him.

Matt Coker has been engaging, enraging and entertaining readers of newspapers, magazines and websites for decades. He spent the first 13 years of his career in journalism at daily newspapers before “graduating” to OC Weekly in 1995 as the paper’s first calendar editor. He went on to be managing editor, executive editor and is now senior staff writer.

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