South Lake Tahoe man arrested with loaded AK-47 style rifle
January 2, 2019
A South Lake Tahoe man with purported gang ties is in custody after police say they found him intoxicated and armed at the scene of a vehicle crash.
The South Lake Tahoe Police Department initially received a report of a single-vehicle crash in the 800 block of Los Angeles Avenue on Monday, Dec. 31.
Officers found 33-year-old Victor Alfonso Ramos Eucendo at the scene. According to the police, Ramos Eucendo was intoxicated and driving his Chevrolet Silverado on Los Angeles Avenue when he hit a parked car and a bear box.
Officers say they found a loaded Norinco Mak-90 assault rifle, which the National Rifle Association describes as a Chinese-made variation of the AK-47. Officers also found a loaded 30-round magazine and methamphetamine.
Ramos Eucendo told police, according to a press release, that he was on his way to confront a drug dealer about a fight over a different vehicle crash.
Law enforcement is still working to determine who Ramos Eucendo was trying to confront and how he obtained the assault rifle. The case is still under investigation.
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Ramos Eucendo told police he had ties to MS-13 when he lived in Central America and is a current member of the Surenos street gang.
He was booked into the El Dorado County jail on charges of illegal possession of an assault weapon, carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle, DUI, and possession of a controlled substance. Police will be requesting charges for possession of a high capacity magazine to be added at time of arraignment, according to the city.
SLTPD asks anyone with information regarding the case to contact Detective Jake Herminghaus at 530-542-6100.