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All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.
Hot Springs Police Officer Branstetter conducted a traffic stop on Garland Avenue Street at 2nd Street earlier this month for a minivan that allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign.
Off. Branstetter made contact with the female driver of the vehicle. During the course of the contact, Off. Branstetter asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle and she denied that there was. The driver began to cry and allegedly advised the officer that there was a gun inside the vehicle and that it belonged to her brother. Her brother, Jose Relondo Reyna, 24, of Plain Street in Hot Springs, was inside the vehicle at the time.
All occupants exited the vehicle. Mr. Reyna allegedly told the officer that the pistol was in a diaper bag in the back seat. He allegedly, spontaneously said that he recently purchased the gun for $150. The loaded S&W MP 9mm pistol’s serial number was run through the police computer. The check came back stolen out of Garland County.
Mr. Reyna was arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing. The statement Mr. Reyna allegedly gave is that he met with a young white male on McClendon Street at a church to purchase a handgun. When Mr. Reyna got control of the gun to look at it, he told the guy that he was going to get the mon ey out of his vehicle to pay for it. Mr. Reyna allegedly advised that when he reached his vehicle, he got in it with the gun and drove off without paying the guy.
Mr. Reyna is charged with Felony Theft By Receiving with a bond of $2,500.