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Traffic stop finds convicted felon with stolen gun, police say

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 7/10/19

A traffic stop for a faulty registration light led to Middletown police arresting a convicted felon who had a stolen gun in the car Sunday.

Gavin Xander Garcia, 21, of the 7000 block of River Road …

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Traffic stop finds convicted felon with stolen gun, police say

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A traffic stop for a faulty registration light led to Middletown police arresting a convicted felon who had a stolen gun in the car Sunday.

Gavin Xander Garcia, 21, of the 7000 block of River Road in Conestoga, whom police said had previous convictions for robbery, aggravated assault and other charges, now faces multiple new charges and is being held on $100,000 bail, according to online court records.

Garcia was a passenger in a silver 2014 Chrysler 200 heading westbound in the 200 block of East Main Street when police pulled the car over shortly after 1:45 a.m. Sunday, Middletown police said in arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy.

Garcia, in the rear seat, was one of five people in the car. They all told police they were coming from a party in Lancaster.

Police searched the car after detecting an odor of marijuana coming from inside, and seeing an open bottle of alcohol after the rear passenger side door was opened.

Police located a Smith & Wesson M&P Shield .45 caliber firearm under Garcia’s seat. Police determined the gun had been stolen out of Lancaster County. Garcia confirmed that the gun was his, police said.

Also found was a marijuana blunt in a white purse that Garcia said was his, as well as a bottle of peach brandy and a bottle of apple brandy, police said.

Garcia initially identified himself to police as “Jason Hunter,” police said.

Garcia was arraigned before District Judge Barbara W. Pianka on Sunday and charged with prohibited possession of a firearm, firearms not to be carried without a license, receiving stolen property, false identification to law enforcement, possession of marijuana, and summary restrictions on alcoholic beverages.

He is scheduled for a July 15 preliminary hearing before Judy.

Police also charged the driver of the car, 19-year-old Vanessa Jane Aston of Middletown, with a summary citation of purchasing alcoholic beverages by a minor, according to online court records.