For release on July 15, 2021
Deputy District Attorney
Los Gatos Man Charged with Illegal Arsenal, had “Cop Killer” Bullets and Racist Manifesto
A Los Gatos man has been charged with possession of assault weapons, multiple silencers, drugs, and the makings of a pipe bomb, after Campbell police found him prowling outside of a business.
In his car they found bullets inscribed with such phrases as “Cop Killer,” along with a handwritten manifesto saying he wanted to wipe out the Black, Hispanic, and Jewish populations.
Wesley Charles Martines, 32, of Los Gatos, was arraigned on the felonies Tuesday in the Hall of Justice. A judge remanded him on $300,000 bail.
“Once again, law enforcement saved lives before the blood and tears flowed,” DA Jeff Rosen said. “All of us have a role in stopping the next mass shooting, suicide, or domestic violence murder. Please call law enforcement if you know that someone is armed and dangerous.”
Just after midnight on July 9, 2021, a business owner called Campbell Police to say that a man he could see on his security camera was prowling in the area of East Sunny Oaks Avenue and looking into cars and a storage shed. Police responded quickly and stopped a truck driven by the suspect. Inside they found the weapons, including two AR-style rifles, which are illegal in California. They also found a Glock 9 mm handgun, and ammunition that was personally inscribed with such sayings “To a widow from the Grim Reaper,” and “A Good Start.” They also found body armor, heroin, methamphetamine, and a pipe bomb filled with pellets but no explosive material inside. The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad assisted in making sure the explosive device was inactive.
A journal held the racist and Anti-Semitic writings, along with a plan to go to sporting goods store, dress up as an employee and tie everybody up.
With assistance from the DA’s Office, Campbell Police obtained high bail, search warrants and served a gun violence restraining order (GVRO) on the suspect to seize his weapons. Santa Clara County law enforcement uses the most GVROs in Northern California.