Felons with gun, drugs arrested near UC Berkeley campus

During a car search, a UCPD officer found an unserialized Glock-style handgun "protruding out from a hidden compartment," police wrote.

Felons with gun, drugs arrested near UC Berkeley campus
A UCPD cruiser outside Sproul Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. Google Street View

Two felons are facing new gun possession allegations after being stopped by police near UC Berkeley earlier this month, court papers show.

A University of California police officer stopped the men in a black Chevrolet near College Avenue and Channing Way on April 15 in connection with a moving violation, police wrote in court papers.

Officers determined that the car registration was also expired, as of September 2020, and asked both men to get out of the vehicle, UCPD wrote.

During a car search, one officer found an unserialized Glock-style handgun "protruding … from a hidden compartment" in the center console, according to charging papers.

The gun had a 10-round magazine, which was partially loaded, police wrote.

Justin Pate (left) and Brian Johnson. ACSO

Police determined that passenger Justin Pate, 47, of Fremont had a felony no-bail warrant from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, according to court documents.

They also found a baggie containing several grams of suspected methamphetamine in his pocket, police wrote.

Driver Brian Johnson, 56, of El Cerrito was also arrested in connection with the firearm, police wrote.

The Alameda County district attorney's office subsequently charged both men with gun possession and related felonies.

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Judge Elena Condes released Johnson on his own recognizance but Pate remains in custody with a bail of $130,000, according to court records.

Both men are scheduled for a preliminary hearing Tuesday, where a judge will determine if there is enough evidence for the case to advance to trial.

The Scanner has requested booking photographs and will add them to this story if they are provided.

Update, May 3: Booking photographs were added to the story.

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