Oxnard men arrested in Pismo Beach accused of brandishing gun on Highway 101

Officers in Pismo Beach arrested two Oxnard men who are accused of brandishing a gun at an Atascadero man on Monday along Highway 101, the CHP reported on Saturday.

About 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Kenneth Reece, 23, of Atascadero had claimed that a man in a black 2008 Dodge Durango brandished a black semi-automatic handgun at him after a “highway violence” incident along southbound 101 on the Cuesta Grade, according to the CHP.

Officers pulled over the SUV after it exited the freeway at Price Street in Pismo Beach. They found a loaded black semi-automatic Ruger model P-89 9mm handgun in a hidden compartment behind the face of the dashboard and underneath the stereo, according to the CHP.

They also found just over 31⁄2 pounds of marijuana, the CHP reported. Investigators learned that the gun had been reported stolen from a burglarized storage unit in the Mission Hills community of Los Angeles in November 2003, according to the CHP.

Francisco Villate, 21, and Eric Ramirez, 19, were booked into County Jail on suspicion of felony possession of stolen property, the CHP reported. Their bail was set at $20,000 each.

Villate is also being held on suspicion of brandishing a firearm, felony possession of a loaded and concealed handgun and felony possession of a loaded stolen handgun, according to the CHP.

The agency said it is also recommending to the county District Attorney’s Office that it investigate whether there is enough evidence to charge the men with possession of marijuana for sale.