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November 10, 2015 > Possession of a stolen firearm

Possession of a stolen firearm

Submitted By Lt. Raj Maharaj, Milpitas PD

On Friday, November 6, at approximately 01:49 a.m., a Milpitas Police Officer observed a silver 2007 Honda Accord commit a minor traffic violation exiting the parking lot of the 7-Eleven, located at 57 South Park Victoria Drive in Milpitas. The officer followed the vehicle and conducted an enforcement stop on the 1200 block of Edsel Drive.

Once the vehicle came to a stop, the right passenger exited the vehicle and fled on foot. The driver, Nibardo Barba (20-year old, Milpitas resident), the left rear passenger, Hector Caldera (20-year old, Manteca resident), and right rear passenger, Misael Padilla (18-year old, Stockton resident), remained in the vehicle and were all detained.

Further investigation revealed Misael Padilla was in possession of a Glock 40-caliber pistol in his waistband with a high-capacity magazine. Inside the vehicle, officers located a Firestar 9MM pistol in the trunk and approximately three ounces of marijuana. The Firestar had been reported stolen during a residential burglary, in Stockton, on May 21, 2015.

Nibardo Barba was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail for carrying a concealed firearm in his vehicle, possession of a high-capacity pistol magazine, possession of stolen property, and possession of more than an ounce of marijuana. Misael Padilla was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail for having a concealed firearm on his person and for being in possession of a high-capacity pistol magazine. Hector Caldera was cited and released for being possession of more than one ounce of marijuana. The outstanding suspect is still being sought by the police department.

Anyone with any information regarding this investigation involving Nibardo Barba, Hector Caldera, Misael Padilla, or the unknown Hispanic male that fled on foot is encouraged to call the Milpitas Police Department at (408) 586-2400. Information can be given anonymously by calling the Crime Tip Hotline at (408) 586-2500 or via the Milpitas Police Department website at:

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