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20-Year-Old Felon Arrested for Possessing Sawed-Off Shotgun and Ammo in Ukiah


The following is a press release issued by the Ukiah Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

Trinidad Magdaleno-Pulido [Mugshot from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office]

On 03-24-2023 at approximately 11:14 am, a Ukiah Police Sergeant was on patrol traveling eastbound in the 100 block of Laws Avenue in Ukiah. The Sergeant observed a vehicle traveling southbound on S. State Street at an extremely high rate of speed. As the Sergeant accelerated southbound onto S. State Street to conduct a traffic enforcement stop on the reckless vehicle he observed a second vehicle behind him that was also traveling at a high rate of speed.

The UPD Sergeant conducted a traffic enforcement stop and the driver yielded in the 2000 block of S. State Street. Upon coming to a stop a female subject in the vehicle behind pulled in front of the suspect’s vehicle and exited her vehicle rapidly. She stated that her boyfriend (Trinidad Magdaleno-Pulido) had her cellular phone. The female did not want prosecution against Pulido, however she did want her cellular phone back. The phone was provided to the Sergeant by Pulido, who then returned it to the female. Pulido was seated in the front passenger seat while his father was driving. Pulido’s father stated that his son and his girlfriend were in an argument and he was trying to get him away from the situation. This was his reason for driving recklessly.

The Sergeant was familiar with all of the involved parties, and additionally knew that Pulido was on active Mendocino County Probation for a prior case involving controlled substances and a firearm. The terms of Pulido’s probation included, but were not limited to, “Obey all laws” and “Submit to search and seizure.”

Sawed-off shotgun and ammunition [Photo from the Ukiah Police Department]

Additional UPD Officers arrived to assist the Sergeant. Pulido was directed to exit the vehicle in order to perform a probation search to determine if he was in compliance with the terms of his probation. The Sergeant was performing a search of Pulido’s person when he observed the distinct handle of a firearm on the floor behind the passenger seat of the vehicle. Pulido was handcuffed immediately while Officer drew their department firearms and told the driver to keep his hands in the air. The driver was removed from the vehicle and detained in handcuffs.

Once Pulido and his father were detained, and the scene was secure the firearm was removed from behind the passenger seat. It was found to be a sawed-off (Short-barreled) single shot 12 guage shotgun. In the same grocery bag that the shotgun was located sticking out of, was a green metal ammunition container. Inside of the container was a box of Winchester .40 caliber pistol ammunition containing 100 live rounds. There was a second yellow hard plastic container inside of the ammunition can containing numerous live rounds of .25 caliber auto pistol ammunition.

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Through the Sergeant’s investigation, it was determined that Pulido had placed the grocery bag containing the listed items into the vehicle when his father picked him up from his girlfriend’s residence just prior to the traffic stop.

A records check on Pulido revealed that he was a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition. Pulido was arrested for the above listed offenses and transported to the Mendocino County Jail where he was booked and lodged.

Pulido’s father was released from the scene with a warning for his driving, and Pulido’s girlfriend left without any charges.

As always, UPD’s mission is to make Ukiah as safe a place as possible. If you would like to know more about crime in your neighborhood, you can sign up for telephone, cellphone, and email notifications by clicking the Nixle button on our website; www.ukiahpolice.com.

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  1. Nice work Ukiah PD. This situation is a double win. Criminal off the streets and now no one in the public has to look at that terrible face tattoo. Clown

  2. This guy has a rap sheet a mile long, chock full of unlawful weapons, hard drugs, violence, and pure stupidity. He should have been sent to San Quentin last time he was arrested! Instead they take another mugshot of the grinning offender and release him back out into the public. Bet the judge will sentence him to probation again, maybe even with a pinky swear to be a good boy this time.

    It looks like the dad should be in jail, too. Why does this family always seem to get a pass for committing serious crimes? Are they locally well-connected or something? Are the mendocino criminal courts really this inept?

    • Mendocino county courts and DA are just part of the extreme left who believe in 2nd,3rd,4th, etc. chances. There is no justice in this country. Criminals rule.

  3. Whenever I read about young people who are so lost and criminally oriented, I wonder about their upbringing. I wonder what if any trouble signs there were as they were growing up, and what their parent(s) did to address them. Were they problematic in school, and what actions did their parents (and school) take to address the warning signs? This young man is responsible for his actions, but I believe that parents should also be held accountable if they failed their responsibilities as guardians. If you are not financially and emotionally equipped to bring children into the world, you will be held accountable. This should be the message.

    • Quit making excuses. People know right from wrong. This punk is choosing the punk life. Partly becus society glorifies the gangster/ prison life. We need to call it what it is and put them away. With no contact with the outside world. Even when they go to prison they are influencing the youth outside via cell phones and internet. If we are not willing to draw a line that cant be crossed. We will have this increasing BS. That ruins the peace of lawful citizens. Make an example out of these losers

  4. In prison he will pass pretty well for a woman with that hair. Grinning boy looks like he can’t wait to be shacked up with a bunch of dudes in the men’s jail. He knows where he is going, and he is ready to please Bubba with those lips!


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