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Costa Mesa man arrested on suspicion of assault with deadly weapon after allegedly pointing gun at driver

Arturo Silva-Ramos, 45, was arrested Sunday after allegedly pointing a gun at a motorist in Costa Mesa.
Arturo Silva-Ramos, 45, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of assault with a firearm after he allegedly pointed a loaded handgun at another motorist in Costa Mesa.
(Courtesy of the Orange County district attorney’s office)

A Costa Mesa man was arrested Sunday night on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and driving under the influence of alcohol after he allegedly pointed a handgun at another driver near the intersection of Victoria and Maple Street.

Roxi Fyad, a spokeswoman for the Costa Mesa Police Department, said Monday police responded to the scene shortly after 8:30 p.m. Sunday after the victim contacted the authorities and then continued to follow behind the suspect’s vehicle until officers arrived.

Police caught up with the armed driver — identified Monday as Arturo Silva-Ramos, 45, of Costa Mesa — at the intersection of Pomona and Sterling avenues, near Pomona Elementary School, and detained Silva-Ramos as he exited the vehicle.

A loaded handgun was recovered from the vehicle, and Silva-Ramos was arrested at the scene without incident and taken to jail, where he was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle in a public place, driving under the influence of alcohol and driving without a license.

Silva-Ramos appeared in court Tuesday, where he pleaded not guilty to all charges, according to court records. He is being held at Orange County’s Theo Lacy Facility on $25,000 bail. His next appearance is scheduled for June 29.

Anyone with more information on Sunday’s incident may call the Costa Mesa Police Department at (714) 754-5280.

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Updates

11:47 a.m. June 16, 2021: This story was updated to include information from the district attorney’s office on the suspect’s court appearances, including his booking photo.


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