Convicted Felon Arrested with AK-47

Sergio Soto Had Warrant out for Arrest

Monday, May 13, 2013
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Sergio Soto, a Santa Barbara resident with a lengthy criminal history, was arrested and booked into County Jail on May 2 for felony possession of an AK-47 firearm and three counts of felony possession of stolen property, according to SBPD spokesperson Sgt. Riley Harwood.

Soto, 30, a convicted felon and past associate of an Oxnard street gang, was seen driving in the 300 block of West Pueblo Street by a Santa Barbara police officer standing nearby. Recognizing that there was a warrant out for Soto’s arrest, the officer got in his car and followed him.

Sergio Ivan Soto
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Sergio Ivan Soto

Soto was pulled over on 2400 Fletcher Avenue and initially gave the officer a fake name. He was then arrested for his warrant, providing false information, and displaying fraudulent registration tabs, said Harwood.

Upon his arrest, Soto’s vehicle was searched, turning up methamphetamine and stolen property. The stolen items included nine personal and business checks, as well as mailing items containing social security paperwork, billing information, and bank statements.

In Soto’s trunk officers found an unregistered semi-automatic AK-47 rifle with a 30-round magazine. The magazine was loaded with 22 rounds of 7.62x39 mm ammunition, Harwood said.

Soto was booked into the County Jail with bail set at $250,000.


Independent Discussion Guidelines

Rifles in California are not registered until 2014. Rifles that meet the legal definition of "assault weapon", a made up legal term are Registered in California but not since 2000. This article

lists the rifle in question as semi-automatic but with a 14" barrel length, per NFA, national firearms act of 1934, rifles/shotguns with barrels lengths less than 16" are Federally Regulated.

Regardless of California State Law, the 14" barrel makes a Federal Felony and this guy is going to the Federal Pen for a long time.

howgreenwasmyvalley (anonymous profile)
May 13, 2013 at 4:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)

What is wrong with a twacked out felon driving around with a almost fully loaded assualt rifle and stolen items? I thought this was America.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
May 13, 2013 at 6:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Man, if only he was a member of the media he could have been wire tapped and the authorities would have been made aware of his misgivings. Ugh...another "missed" opportunity.

brimo7272 (anonymous profile)
May 14, 2013 at 12:10 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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