The Santa Cruz County Gang Task Force made the streets of Watsonville a little safer after they arrested a 14-year old boy with the possession of a gun on Bree Lane just before 2 a.m. Saturday morning
The 14-year old, a Watsonville resident, was spotted by the GTF near Ohlone Parkway in a car that was driven by a 17-year old boy, according to GTF commander Mario Sulay.
Also according to commander Sulay, the two were then followed into Stone Creek Apartments and once they parked the 14-year old ran from the car. A group of GTF members chased him and ordered the boy to stop but refused to give in.
After GTF members took him into custody they found a loaded .380 caliber semi automatic pistol concealed in the pants pocket of the 14-year old, according to commander Sulay.
In addition to the firearm, investigating GTF officers found evidence that the 14 year-old was actively involved with a local criminal street gang and had previously been prosecuted back in 2011 in juvenile court for possession of a deadly weapon and assault with a deadly weapon.
Neither the 14 year-old nor the 17 year-old driver of the car were residents of the apartment complex.
The 14 year-old was booked into juvenile hall for Juvenile in Possession of Concealed Firearm, Prohibited Person (felon) in Possession of a Firearm, Gang Crime, and Resisting a Peace Officer.