Homeless Man Arrested After Threatening Softball Players at Santa Ana Park


(Ruben Perez: Santa Ana Police Department)

A homeless man was arrested Monday night in Santa Ana after police found a loaded gun and hundreds of rounds of ammunition inside a shed where the man was living. 

Ruben Perez, 37, took residence inside a shed at Carl Thornton Park, stashing a handgun and nearly 600 bullets inside, according to authorities. 

A travel softball team found Perez had broken into the shed that they used for storage, when they returned to practice after some time on the road. 

Team members told police they asked him to leave and when they said they planned to call the authorities, Perez said: “You’re a snitch, I’m going to get my gun.”

When officers arrived to the scene, they spotted the vest filled with 18 magazines of ammunition, each fully loaded, and a .45-caliber handgun inside the storage unit as they were arresting Perez. 

Police said many of the items were stolen.

Perez was booked on suspicion of burglary and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

(Photo courtesy of Santa Ana Police Department)


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