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Shot fired at tow truck driver leads police to arsenal, explosives, California cops say "Updated 04.06.21"


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A San Francisco tow truck driver trying to repossess a 2017 Mercedes Benz heard “a loud noise” and spotted a man holding a handgun beside the car, police say.


Then the tow truck driver noticed a bullet hole in the door of the Mercedes, a police press release issued Wednesday says. The gunman collected some possessions and left.


Undeterred, the tow truck driver continued trying to repossess the Mercedes on Feb. 21 when he saw the man pointing a rifle through a fence, police wrote. The driver unhooked the car and fled.


Detectives investigating the incident arrested Cameron Ybarra, 31, on a variety of charges Feb. 23 after uncovering an arsenal of firearms, bomb-making equipment and a suspicious device detonated by the bomb squad, police say in the release.


Officers arrested Ybarra after a scuffle when he left his residence as they prepared to search it, police say.


Ybarra faces charges including carrying a concealed weapon, carrying a loaded firearm in public, possession of ammunition by a prohibited person, discharge of a firearm in a grossly negligent manner, possession of a silencer, three counts of felon in possession of a firearm, assault with a deadly weapon/assault weapon, possession of an explosive device, and resisting, delaying or obstructing a peace officer, the release says.


Detectives say they found an assault rifle, privately made firearms known as “ghost guns,”, ammunition, magazines, body armor, a silencer, a 3D printer, other gun manufacturing items, fraudulent identification materials and suspected bomb-making materials in Ybarra’s home.




Police asked that anyone with information on the incident call the SFPD Tip Line at 1-415-575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD.

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SF man who shot car, had guns and homemade bomb at home, gets three years in federal prison


SAN FRANCISCO — A city resident who allegedly shot into his own car after threatening a tow truck driver last year was sentenced to three years in federal prison, court records show.


Cameron Ybarra, 32, was sentenced March 30 by U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer. He has spent the past year in federal custody at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, and pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm last year.


According to a prosecution sentencing memo, Ybarra was arrested in San Francisco in February 2021, after he allegedly confronted a tow truck driver who was towing his 2017 Mercedes, telling the driver “I feel like shooting you” before allegedly firing a shot from a pistol into his own car. He then told the driver, “You’re good” and went back inside, but when the driver looked up a few moments later, he saw Ybarra pointing a scoped assault rifle at him, authorities allege.


Police searched his home on Stillman Avenue; he resisted until an officer used a stun gun on him, according to prosecutors. Inside, federal prosecutors wrote that police found a “veritable arsenal” that included “three complete Glock style privately-manufactured firearms (also known as ‘ghost gun’), loaded handgun magazines, dozens of rounds of assorted ammunition, a 3D printer, body armor, a suspected silencer,” and a homemade pipe bomb.


Ybarra’s attorney, assistant federal public defender Daniel Blank, wrote in a sentencing memo that Ybarra had a difficult upbringing and is a combat veteran who experienced difficulty readjusting to civilian life. He asked for the three-year prison term, quoting a probation report that says the crime was influenced by Ybarra’s “mental health and substance abuse issues,” but added that Ybarra will have significant resources in federal prison and veterans assistance groups to help him get back on track.


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