Kings County deputies catch up with suspect who threatened people

By The Leader Staff
Suspect Samuel Brito
Suspect Samuel Brito

Kings County deputies, on Friday, December 3, at about 6:20 p.m., found themselves dispatched to an address on the Santa Rosa Rancheria to investigate the brandishing of a firearm. An investigation found that a suspect, Samuel Brito, 28, threatened to shoot several people.

During the incident, Brito, according to the Kings County Sheriff’s Department, removed a firearm from his pocket, racked a round into the chamber, and pointed the gun at the victims.

Brito fled the area before deputies arrived on the scene, and they could not locate him. Deputies issued a Warrantless Arrest for the suspect, Brito, for a violation of criminal threats and brandishing a firearm.

Law enforcement officials say that on Saturday, December 25, at approximately 1:20 a.m., Brito was spotted walking in the area of Saltgrass Road and East Road on the Santa Rosa Rancheria. When deputies contacted the suspect, Brito took off running. Deputies chased him, and after a short distance, Samuel stopped running where deputies grabbed him and attempted to place him into custody.

According to the deputies, the suspect spun around, allowing his jacket to slip away, and took off running a second time. Deputies chased Brito, caught up to him, and took him to the ground, placing him in handcuffs.

Deputies located a black 9mm pistol in his pants pocket. The firearm was loaded with ammunition and did not have a serial number. Without a serial number (Ghost Gun), the gun was untraceable or trackable.

A records check revealed that Brito had a prior felony conviction for a weapon violation and was not permitted to possess firearms or ammunition. Law enforcement also determined that Brito was under the influence of a controlled substance, possibly Methamphetamine. 

Deputies booked the suspect into the Kings County Jail on several charges, including criminal threats, brandishing a firearm, being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm, possession of an undetectable firearm, resisting arrest, and being under the influence of a controlled substance while in possession of a gun. His bail was set at $125,000.      

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