Two firearms arrests in Oxnard on July 4th

treat times; font-size: 16px;”>On July 4th at approximately 9:00 PM officers responded to the area of 900 Cooper Road reference subjects using illegal fireworks.  Officers contacted 36 year old Genaro Cortes as he attempted to leave the area.  Cortes interfered with the investigation.  He was in possession of a loaded semi-automatic handgun that was not registered to him.  Cortes was arrested for several weapon violations and delaying a peace officer.

Later that evening, at approximately 11:30 PM, officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 1000 block of King Street. The driver, 46 year old Michael Silerio, was driving on a suspended license. Officers conducted an inventory search of the vehicle prior to towing it and located a stun gun and baton. Officers then searched Silerio’s residence and located a semi-automatic handgun, rifle, and loaded magazines. Due to Silerio’s prior felony conviction, he is prohibited from possessing these items and was charged with several weapon violations.

In an effort to address the recent increase in firearms-related crimes, the Oxnard Police Department launched the Operation Safer and Stronger initiative, as well as the Firearms Strike Team (FAST) led by the Violent Crimes Unit, to proactively remove firearms from prohibited persons in the City. The objective of the initiative and FAST is to reduce gun violence in Oxnard through education, intervention, and enforcement.

Persons with additional information about this incident should contact the Oxnard Police Department at 385-7600. To remain anonymous call the Violent Crimes Hotline at (805) 982-7070 or the Ventura County Crime Stoppers, (800) 222-8477 or www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org/contactus.aspx to submit a tip via text or e-mail.

Source: Oxnard Police Department

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