WATSONVILLE — Two Watsonville men were arrested Sunday after allegedly forcing their way into a residence and brandishing a shotgun at the residents, Watsonville Police Sgt. Mish Radich said.
Sebastian Anguiano, 31 and Melquiadez Campos Hernandez, 36, were charged with burglary, criminal threats, brandishing of a firearm, negligent discharge of a firearm, illegal possession of an assault weapon, and possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle. They were booked into Santa Cruz County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.
According to Radich, Anguiano showed up at the residence with Hernandez because Anguiano wanted to pick up personal property from an ex-girlfriend, who was not home at the time.
The residents told the suspects that there was no property there for him, and told them to leave.
Anguiano and Hernandez reportedly forced their way into the residence. Anguiano then brandished a shotgun at the victims, and threatened to shoot them if they did not give him his property, Radich said.
The residents told the men to leave, and Anguiano fired one shot into the air before fleeing with Hernandez in his vehicle, Radich said.
While officers were speaking with the victims at the scene, other officers spotted a gray Dodge Charger on Main Street that matched the suspect vehicle description. The officers stopped the vehicle and Anguiano and Hernandez were arrested.
A search of the vehicle revealed a loaded 12-gauge shotgun in the passenger’s seat, a loaded revolver hidden under the passenger’s seat, and an unloaded assault rifle in the trunk of the vehicle, along with numerous rounds of ammunition.