BRAWLEY — Police arrested four Brawley residents this morning after a loaded .22-caliber rifle was found in the car in which they were parked.
Brawley police Lt. John Myers said around 12:30 a.m. a resident reported to police that four suspicious individuals were inside a vehicle parked near the 800 block of North Imperial Avenue.
Myers said several car thefts have occurred in that area in the past.
He added when police arrived, two of the men sitting in the car jumped from the vehicle and fled.
The fleeing men, later identified as Juan Baltazar, 22, and Roberto Arquieta, 18, were apprehended shortly after.
Hiram Garcia, 18, and Daniel Villa, 24, who remained in the vehicle, were arrested without incident.
Upon searching the car, police found the rifle. All four men were arrested on suspicion of possessing a loaded firearm, Myers said.