Two Mexican nationals arrested after complaints of gun incidents

Posted: Sunday, November 14, 2004

Juneau police arrested two men from Mexico who matched the descriptions of men who reportedly threatened people with a handgun early Saturday downtown.

Adelsmo Contreras-Carranza, 19, was charged with felony third-degree assault. A 20-year-old man was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of driving without a license, police Sgt. Steve Hernandez reported. He said both were Mexican nationals.

The men were lodged at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center. The vehicle they were in, described only as a white sedan, was impounded, Hernandez said.

Officers interviewed a female passenger and released her, he said.

"We didn't find a firearm," Hernandez said. "But we had enough probable cause that an arrest was warranted."

Police stopped the vehicle two minutes after receiving two reports of assaults.

At 12:23 a.m. Saturday, a man called police to report that two men had approached him downtown. During the encounter, one of the men produced a handgun and pointed it at him, the caller reportedly told police.

At about the same time, police received an anonymous report from another man who said two men matching the same description had approached him, and one produced a handgun.

Police reportedly stopped the white sedan in the downtown area at 12:25 a.m.

Hernandez said police haven't yet determined a motive for the alleged actions. "We have limited information a this point. All we know is that a gun was present."

He said the investigation continues. The matter was not being investigated Saturday as an armed robbery, based upon the information officers had gathered.

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