6 Suspected Gang Members Arrested at Novato Motel

Police dog detects narcotics in car, leading to discovery of firearm.

With the aid of a police canine unit, six suspected gang members were arrested Tuesday night in the parking lot of a Novato motel, police said.

A disturbance was reported outside the Days Inn at 10:20 p.m., and responding officers saw a vehicle with six people inside, Sgt. Dan Jenner said. They were contacted and determined to be members of a street gang or associates, he said.

Police dog Metz with handler officer Jeff Ames were called in and the dog detected narcotics inside the vehicle. A search was conducted and a firearm was found, Jenner said.

Those arrested were: 23-year-old Mark Velasquez, 20-year-old Christian Velasquez and a 15-year-old minor, all of Novato; 23-year-old Tatiana Jenkins and 18-year-old Jeffrey Diaz, both of San Rafael; and 18-year-old Jackson Calderon of Petaluma. They face a variety of gang-related and firearms charges.

Jenkins, who said she lived in Marin City when she was booked at Marin County Jail, faces the most charges — three felonies and three misdemeanors. 


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Will Lamers January 17, 2013 at 05:20 PM
With a name like Jenkins, she's got to be an illegal, right Jerome?
Rick Voorhees January 17, 2013 at 06:26 PM
Hats off to Novato PD...
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr January 18, 2013 at 02:24 AM
We will never know because the turquoise puzzle palace withholds any description that would give a hint as to ethnicity or to which "gang" anyone is associated. Isn't transparency great?
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr January 18, 2013 at 02:27 AM
My understanding is that federal HUD requires eviction for conviction of drug and other specific crimes. Marin Housing refused my Government Records request stating "privacy", but eviction is a public record court proceeding. Isn't political correctness transparency great?
David Randolph January 18, 2013 at 04:48 PM
I'm sure the firearm found had been legally purchased after the 10-day background check of the owner—sure. Or were they simply waiting to turn it in for $200 in the buy back program—yeah, that's it. Criminals always turn in their guns during these programs.


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