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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Christine January 16, 2013 at 07:11 PM
Great job!
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr January 17, 2013 at 01:08 AM
...and chief berg is still looking for the Caucasian motorcycle gang, the same gang identified by his predecessor chief kreins) that is responsible for all the gang crime in Novato. If these alleged perpetrators sound like members of an illegal alien gang that is just a coincidence. There is no concerted effort by illegal aliens in Novato to commit any crimes of any nature. The Novato police department has its hands full arresting innocent citizens anyway, well innocent of anything except criticizing Novato law enforcement.
K9 Dog January 17, 2013 at 01:57 AM
Tatina Jenkins has been living in Novato, Marin City and San Rafael. She is in and out of jail constantly. Why are the judges being so soft on her and letting her out to create more crime?
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr January 17, 2013 at 03:03 AM
The judges take into consideration that she has led a disadvantaged life and wish to give her an opportunity to rehabilitate herself and contribute to society. Nah. I am pulling you chain. The DA reduces felonies to misdemeanors and the judges are painfully aware that there are not enough prison cells in California by at least 30,000.
Roger January 17, 2013 at 02:38 PM
Are people ever kicked out of low-income housing for too many convictions?
Mark Cwirko January 17, 2013 at 04:02 PM
Roger - This was something tried in SF Housing Projects 10+ years ago, I'm not sure if it is still in effect or how effective it was as a bylaw. General rule was if anyone living in the unit was involved in a crime, then everyone living in the unit was vacated from the housing unit. The idea being that any Parent getting the benefit of the lower cost housing was also responsible for the actions of any children living with them as well.
anne hadley January 17, 2013 at 04:19 PM
great job novato police
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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