Two arrested in Petaluma after police find gun, ammo in car

Two 18-year-olds were arrested Wednesday evening in downtown Petaluma after officers found a gun and ammunition inside their vehicle, according to police.

Around 7:30 p.m., an officer pulled over a car for speeding near Washington Street and Petaluma Boulevard North.

When the officer spoke to the driver and a passenger inside the car, the driver was unable to provide registration for the car.

When an officer searched the car, the officer found a .38-caliber revolver hidden inside the vehicle's center console as well as a bag of ammunition, according to police.

After finding the revolver, the officer then tried to arrest the pair, identified as Petaluma residents Alexander Mendez-Rico and Mario Olivares-Saucedo, both 18 years old.

Mendez-Rico however then ran and a foot pursuit ensued in the downtown area. The officer was able to eventually apprehend Mendez-Rico, police said.

Officers arrested the pair on suspicion of weapons violation. Saucedo was also arrested on suspicion of violating probation, according to police.