Two men are in custody at San Joaquin County jail after allegedly having a gun in a Lodi bar. Mario Estevan Mercado, 30, and Mario Alberto Medina Munguia Jr., 24, are being held in San Joaquin County jail after being apprehended by the Lodi Police Department early Saturday morning on the 100 block of West Turner Road, police said.
Officers responded to the area around 1:50 a.m. Saturday after receiving a call about a man in a bar with a gun in his waistband, said Sgt. Doug Chinn of the Lodi Police Department. Both subjects left the scene before police arrived. However, they were found near the bar and were apprehended at gunpoint by officers, Chinn said.
Authorities found a Colt .45 pistol in the bushes near the bar and arrested Munguia for possessing a firearm, Chinn said. Mercado later claimed he was holding the gun for Munguia, Chinn said. The firearm is believed to have been stolen during a burglary in French Camp, police said.
According to the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department website, Munguia faces multiple charges, including being a convict carrying a concealed firearm, carrying a firearm with a prior conviction, street terrorism and receiving stolen property. Mercado is facing charges of street terrorism, being a convict carrying a concealed firearm, possession of a destructive device and knowingly receiving stolen property, according to the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department.
Both men are being held without bail.
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