Pasadena Now reports that the Pasadena Police Department has arrested a man awaiting DUI trial over the weekend after finding him passed out in a McDonald’s parking lot with a ghost gun in his lap.
Lt. Marcia Kaliuretic, with the Pasadena Police Department, said in a statement that an area resident called police at approximately 5:00 a.m. Saturday, August 28, 2021, after spotting a suspicious-looking vehicle parked in the lot of the McDonald’s restaurant.
Police responded to the scene at 799 North Lake Avenue, where they found the parked car in the restaurant lot. Two people were inside the vehicle and found to be unresponsive, even when a car horn was honked.
A short time later, Pasadena Police received a second call saying that the driver had been seen with a handgun in his lap.
Police officers cordoned off the area, and the driver and passenger were ordered out of the vehicle. Officers found a loaded, unregistered, unspecialized handgun, which is commonly referred to as a “ghost gun.” Such ghost guns present challenges to police detectives when trying to solve crimes.
The driver was identified as a previously convicted felon, 30-year-old Cedrick Jones of Pasadena. Jones was arrested on weapons charges which include possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
The passenger who was in the vehicle with Jones was questioned at the scene by police and released.
Jones, who is awaiting trial for a DUI-related charge in October 2020, was booked into Los Angeles County Jail.
A judge has set Jones’ bail at $35,000.
This is a developing story. No further information was released at the time of the report.