A Berkeley Police Department motor officer stopped a car on the 1800 block of University Avenue and arrested two of the three occupants on suspicion of domestic violence- and firearm-related offenses, according to a BPD Nixle alert Tuesday.
The alert stated that the officer pulled the car over about 10:25 a.m. for a vehicle code-related offense.
“The officer observed the occupants of the vehicle didn’t have their seat belts on,” said BPD spokesperson Sgt. Andrew Frankel.
Once the car stopped, the officer discovered that the driver, DeAndre Bess, was driving despite his suspended license. Bess, a 20 year-old Oakland resident, also had an outstanding warrant for domestic violence, according to the alert.
Upon closer inspection, the officer noticed that the rear passenger — Timothy George Jr., an 18-year-old Berkeley resident — appeared to be hiding a firearm under his shirt.
“The Officer caught sight of the concealed firearm sticking out from under (George’s) shirt and challenged him,” the alert said. “He was subsequently removed from the car, searched and found in possession of a loaded handgun.”
According to Frankel, after conducting a computer check of the firearm’s serial number, officers learned that the firearm was reported stolen in August after an auto burglary in Vallejo, California.
Both Bess and George were arrested and are being held in custody at the City of Berkeley Jail. Bess was booked for the domestic violence warrant and cited for driving with a suspended license. George was arrested on suspicion of carrying a loaded firearm in public, carrying a concealed firearm and possession of stolen property.
The front passenger was the daughter of the car’s registered owner. She was released at the scene, and the car was towed.
Frankel said Bess and George will likely be taken to the courthouse Wednesday to face their charges.
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