SALEM — A car's abrupt turn Saturday night into a convenience store parking lot on Lafayette Street in Salem turned up two loaded guns and led to firearms charges against four men.
Aaron Jesus Diaz-Liranzo, 20, of Revere; Isaac Jones, 18, of Lynn; Wilving Lopez, 19, of Lynn; and Gabriel Lopez, 19, of 21 Parsons St., Peabody; are all facing charges of possessing firearms and possessing large capacity firearms, as well as possessing ammunition, without a license, after police found two loaded 9 mm handguns in the Nissan they say Diaz-Liranzo was driving.
The four are being held pending a hearing next week to determine whether their release poses a danger to the public.
Patrolman Edgar Green spotted the Nissan on Lafayette Street near a small strip mall and watched as the car suddenly turned into the lot without signaling.
None of the occupants were in seatbelts, and Green decided to call for backup. While waiting, he noticed passengers in the car leaning forward, as if trying to place something under a seat.
Later, police discovered two guns, one on the floor near the front passenger seat and the other on the rear floor, under the driver's seat. One gun was a Smith and Wesson, while the second was a Sarsilmaz, with a capacity of 13 rounds.
Diaz-Liranzo is facing a string of moving violations as well, while Wilving Lopez is charged with giving police a false name; after confirming his identity, police found he was wanted on two warrants.
The four have pleaded not guilty to the charges.
A hearing in their cases is scheduled for Nov. 12 in Salem District Court.
Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @SNJulieManganis.