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Santa Rosa Police Department
Tuesday August 9th, 2022 :: 10:37 a.m. PDT


ARREST: Santa Rosa Man Arrested for Unlawful Firearms Possession & Attempting to Luring Juveniles for Lewd Acts

In July 2022, the Santa Rosa Police Department’s Property Crimes team developed information that an adult male in Santa Rosa was possibly trafficking firearms. Detectives followed investigative leads and learned that the suspect was Luis Morales-Vargas, a 24-year-old Santa Rosa resident.
Property Crimes detectives authored a search warrant for Morales-Vargas, his vehicle, and his residence. On August 4th at 11:45 am, detectives contacted Morales-Vargas at his job and detained him without incident. Detectives searched Morales-Vargas’s vehicle, which was parked near the business, and located a loaded, concealed, and unregistered Glock handgun.
At 12:30 pm, SRPD Property Crimes Detectives went to Morales-Vargas’s residence in the 1000-block of Dorrit Avenue, Santa Rosa. Detectives contacted several adults and children in the residence. During the service of the search warrant, detectives located an unsecured handgun and a non-serialized assault rifle. Based on the seizure of the firearms, Morales-Vargas was arrested for possession of a concealed firearm and possession of an assault rifle.
During the investigation, detectives located information that Morales-Vargas was using social media applications to seek out juvenile females, with the intent to have sex with them. Detectives located evidence that Morales-Vargas was sending obscene/harmful material to minors, contacting minors for sexual acts, and arranging meetings to have sex with minors. Each of the minors was in their early teens. The Santa Rosa Police Department’s Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence team are assisting with the investigation.
Based on the investigation, Morales-Vargas was arrested and booked into the Sonoma County Jail for the following charges:
25400(a)(1) PC – (Felony) Carry Concealed Firearm in a Vehicle
30605 PC – (Felony) Possession of an Assault Weapon
288.2(a)(1) PC – (Felony) Sending Harmful Material to a Minor
288.3(a) PC – (Felony) Contact Minor for Sex Acts
288.4(a)(1) PC – (Felony) Abnormal Sexual Interest in Children
311.4(c) PC – (Felony) Using a Minor for Sex
For media inquiries related to the incident, please contact Sergeant Christopher Mahurin at [email protected] or 707-975-0129. SRPD cases #21-8798 & 22-8151

Santa Rosa Police Department
965 Sonoma Ave
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

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