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Assault rifle-wielding MS-13 member threatens motorists, police say

Deputies in Florida say MS-13 gang Raul Garcia Jr. was arrested for waving an AK-47 rifle at passing drivers on Sunday.

(Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office)

A member of the violent MS-13 gang has been arrested in Florida for waving an AK-47 semi-automatic rifle at the driver, police said.

Raul Garcia, 21, was nabbed Monday morning, after a night search in Wimauma, according to Cpl. Lawrence McKinnon, a spokesman for the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

The “certified” MS-13 gang-banger was accused of threatening passing motorists with the weapon, for he stood on the corner of the street in shorts and no shirt, McKinnon said.

Delegates were told Garcia was holding the gun as he was yelling at drivers and jumping in front of cars to try and get them to stop, ” he said.

The spokesman said that after deputies were called to the scene for a report of a man with a gun, they quickly spotted the tattooed Garcia, who took off into the woods.

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“Deputies, assisted by K-9 and a HCS0 helicopter then searched in the wooded area” and found the rifle and a green bag, that Garcia was spotted wearing, McKinnon said.

He added that the search ended hours later with Garcia’s arrest on charges that included improper exhibition of a firearm, possession of methamphetamine, felon in possession of a firearm, loitering and resisting arrest.

The meth was found in the bag in three small (plastic) bag, McKinnon said.

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Garcia, who is a U.S. citizen, was booked in the jail where he was being held Tuesday on $13,750 bond.

McKinnon said the gun had not been reported stolen and he did not know his history.

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