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Man Allegedly Carrying Stolen Gun Surrenders Outside Temecula Grocery Store

Eduardo Jose Mata, 30, was taken into custody outside Stater Bros., 31813 Temecula Pkwy., at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Lisa McConnell.

A man allegedly had a loaded, stolen firearm in his possession when he turned himself in for unknown reasons Wednesday night outside a Temecula grocery store, a sheriff's official said.

Temecula officers took Eduardo Jose Mata, 30, into custody outside Stater Bros., 31813 Temecula Pkwy., at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Lisa McConnell.

Despite a report from a Patch reader that the man may have allegedly attempted to rob someone at gunpoint in the store parking lot, McConnell said the man never brandished the gun.

"He called and turned himself in," McConnell said, in an email to Patch. "He was under the influence of a controlled substance and in possession of a stolen firearm. He never brandished the gun."

Mata was booked on suspicion of being a felon in possession of, carrying and concealing the loaded, stolen firearm, as well as being under the influence of a controlled substance and receiving stolen property.

Jail records show Mata was posted $5,000 bail in order to be released Thursday from Southwest Detention Center.

Brenda January 25, 2013 at 03:07 AM
Holy Cow!!! Well I for one am certainly glad it turned out this way instead of how it could have turned out. Wthell is wrong with people????!!!! besides drug trips.
Rich January 25, 2013 at 08:12 PM
A note to Brenda and additional friends of "tbone". Unfortunately for him he didn't quite understand the constitution as well as he thought. Your compadre has been suspended from any further comments so let that be a warning to anyone else that feels this forum is a haven for inciting others with hateful and overly aggressive keyboard behavior.
JJ Mclure January 25, 2013 at 08:57 PM
free food in jail
Vor January 25, 2013 at 08:58 PM
He was already a felon with a loaded stolen gun and he gets 5k bail? WTF
rotrdude January 25, 2013 at 11:14 PM
Let's all turn our weopon in so all that remains are felons with stolen guns purousing the streets looking for an easy target. "Go Gun Control" NOT!!
Brenda February 05, 2013 at 10:06 AM
Rich Rich Rich, I dont know tbone, just passed over his posts most of the time because of their content, not understanding them, or he called others names. I just skip those kind. There was a "TBone" on here who was nice and made great comments, but I don't know either of them. I have never treated these comment sections as a "haven for inciting others, with hateful and overly aggressive keyboard behavior." I actually take the articles in the "Patch" seriously and try to read daily and make comments when I have one and attend events of importance to me when I am able. Of which just about every writer here in Southwest for the past 2 years can attest to. I have also never cursed, called anyone names incited an arguement, or come even remotely close to violating any constitutional or TOS rules of "The Patch". If you are trying to have us think you are "Special" at having people like Tbones accounts shut down by "The Patch" for some type of personal gratification you receive, then go for it. I suppose you are attempting to fulfill some type of need and Tbone fit that for you. So hail to you Rich, and keep up the good work!! :) LOL The folks don't get much free time at the "That Patch" and its a shame they have to spend it deleting ADULTS comments, or accounts.

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