A stop on a motorcycle without a license plate resulted in the confiscation of a ghost gun and the arrest of a man Monday night.
Around 9 p.m. on Oct. 10, one of our officers on patrol spotted a man on a motorcycle ride into the parking lot on the 600 block of Showers Drive. The officer specifically noticed the motorcycle did not have a license plate. Once parked, our officer got out of her patrol car and walked over to the motorcycle. She was working to determine whether the motorcycle had a registered owner when the rider returned from shopping inside a nearby store. The officer approached the rider, later identified as 40-year-old Palo Alto resident Jerry Guailbeaux, as he was walking back towards the motorcycle. As the officer began to explain why he was being stopped, Guailbeaux denied riding in on the motorcycle.
Because our officer was concerned the motorcycle may have been stolen, Guailbeaux was detained. A subsequent search by officers resulted in the discovery of a “ghost” gun in Guailbeaux’s jacket. A “ghost” gun is a firearm that does not have any serial numbers or other identifying markings that allow the gun to be tracked to a maker, seller, or original owner. The gun was also loaded.
Tools used to “punch” start a vehicle – meaning, without the use of a key – were also found.
Officers were also able to determine that the motorcycle had, in fact, been stolen out of East Palo Alto. Guailbeaux was subsequently arrested on numerous charges including carrying a loaded firearm in public that was not registered with the Department of Justice, possession of stolen property, and possession of burglary tools. He was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail.
“This was great work by our patrol officer,” said Captain Saul Jaeger. “Her intuition that led her to further investigate took an illegal weapon off the streets.”