Arrests Yield Stolen Car, Loaded Firearm

Vehicle stopped in Walnut Creek was stolen from Antioch and being driven by a Martinez woman, Walnut Creek police report.

Officers stopped a stolen car driven by a Martinez woman on Lancaster Road in Walnut Creek Wednesday morning and found an ex-felon passenger named "Jesse James" inside with a loaded firearm, Walnut Creek police reported.

Arrested were the driver, Ashley Ann Freitas, 28, of Martinez, and the passenger, Jesse James Zupancic, 24, of Oakley.

According to a WCPD alert, officers stopped the vehicle at Lancaster Road and Lancaster Court — a residential neighborhood just west of Highway 680 — for a vehicle code violation at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday. Officers learned that the vehicle had been stolen from Antioch.

Zupancic was arrested for possession of a loaded firearm, ex-felon in possession of loaded firearm, violation of probation and several warrants, police said. Officers discovered what they thought was stolen property inside the vehicle. There were no injuries reported.

Freitas and Zupancic were booked into the Contra Costa County Martinez Detention Facility. Freitas is suspected of possession of a stolen vehicle.

Anyone with relevant information is asked to call the WCPD at (925) 943-5844.

Larry July 26, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Put him away!
Chris Kapsalis July 27, 2012 at 12:07 AM
In America you are innocent until proven guilty.
Bruce Cornette July 27, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Uh...he's a felon + he had a LOADED FIREARM. He also just happened to be in a stolen car. That was established at the scene. Only thing was to check what officers thought was stolen property that was inside the vehicle. Can you imagine if the lady driving took off, Adrenaline pumping crazed gunman who doesn't want another strike! What are you? A criminal defense attorney looking for clients?
Chris Kapsalis August 01, 2012 at 12:28 PM
You are innocent until proven guilty in America. Was the gun in the car before it was stole? Did he steel it? Did she or was there a misunderstanding or false report? We do not know the facts in the least.Was he picked up after the car was stole not knowing the car was stole. And I will assume for the sake of argument he is a felon. That does not automatically mean he is guilty on any or all counts here. We have trials and juries for a reason. So we can have justice. If it is shown in court beyond a reasonable doubt to a jury of his peers he is guilty on all counts, then so be it. It is possible he had no knowledge of the gun or that the car was stolen. and the "possible stolen property" may not be stolen after all. So he might not be man of the year, do you think that justifies assuming all these other things about this incident and also "Can you imagine... crazed gun man.." This is lynch mob mentality imo. The only thing that will be established in this case is his guilt or innocence in a court of law when they see the facts during a fair trial.


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