Man driving with gun, child in car, arrested following traffic stop in South Wrigley, police say

A Long Beach man was arrested in the city’s South Wrigley neighborhood Friday night following a traffic stop in which police located a stolen firearm and drugs in the car he was driving, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

Michael Anthony Jaquez, 27, was booked by the LBPD on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon inside a vehicle, possession of a controlled substance while armed, possession of methamphetamine, possession of unlawful paraphernalia and willful cruelty to a child, authorities said. His bail was set at $60,000.

Police say Jaquez was driving with a child in the 1900 block of Magnolia Avenue when officers pulled him over for driving without a license plate and impeding traffic, according to the LBPD. Jaquez pulled over and upon talking to him, officers discovered he did not have a driver’s license.

When officers attempted to detain Jaquez, he became uncooperative, leading to his arrest, LBPD spokesperson Allison Gallagher said. Upon conducting an inventory search of the car, police found Jaquez was in possession of a loaded firearm, which the LBPD said had been reported stolen. The child’s family was called to retrieve them following Jaquez’s arrest, police said. The LBPD could not provide details on the relationship between Jaquez and the child.

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Fernando Haro is the Long Beach Post's breaking news and public safety reporter.