Man in California Arrested in Possession of Multiple Assault Weapons & Racist Manifesto

July 16, 2021

By: Emma Maggio

A man in Santa Clara County, California is in custody after, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office, police found drugs, body armor, an arsenal of weapons, and a handwritten racist manifesto in his possession. 

Manufacturing, purchasing, and possessing firearms categorized as assault weapons are illegal in the state of California. The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office released a statement that the charges the 32-year-old man, Wesley Charles Martines, received on Tuesday were based on possession of drugs, assault weapons, multiple silencers, and the construction of a pipe bomb. 

Martines was arrested on July 9 after a local business owner called police with concerns of a man looking into vehicles and a storage shed. Campbell police stopped him in his truck and performed a vehicle search. According to officials, his truck was discovered to contain multiple weapons such as two AR-style rifles and inscribed bullets with phrases such as "Cop Killer," "To a widow from the Grim Reaper" and "A Good Start." Heroin, methamphetamine, the makings of a pipe bomb, as well as a personal manifesto detailing his intent to "wipe out the Black, Hispanic, and Jewish populations," were also found during the vehicle search.

Currently, Wesley Charles Martines is being held on $300,000 bail.

Campbell Police Capt. Ian White told CNN, "We definitely feel a crisis was averted." While announcing the investigator’s intentions to learn more about the motive of the offender, White said, "There was a significant threat to the public."

“All of us have a role in stopping the next mass shooting, suicide, or domestic violence murder," said DA Jeff Rosen in a statement. “Once again, law enforcement saved lives before the blood and tears flowed.”