Berkeley Police Department alerted the community of a man spotted with a gun Saturday night in a Nixle alert released Tuesday morning.
The alert says that a community member called BPD after spotting a man with a gun in a restaurant line on the 2100 block of Shattuck Avenue. The individual was described as a Hispanic man in his 20s, with neck and hand tattoos, wearing a black hoodie and black jeans.
The community member also reported that the gun was in the man’s back pocket.
Officers arrived on the scene a few minutes after the report and detained a suspect standing inside the restaurant without incident, according to the alert. While the suspect was in detention, officers noticed a pistol in his rear pants pocket and recovered a loaded, semi-automatic 9 mm handgun.
The suspect was identified as Oakland resident Ernest Ochoa-Tavares, 26, and was booked into the BPD Jail Facility for two misdemeanors: carrying a loaded firearm in public and carrying a concealed firearm.
“We appreciate the ongoing support as partnerships like this are often critical to helping us keep the community safe,” the alert read.