Rifles, Hundreds of Ammo Seized From Man Stalking Co-Workers: Police

Police recently seized several firearms, including two assault style rifles, as well as hundreds of rounds of ammo from a man who was accused of stalking his co-workers.

According to a press release from the San Jose Police Department in California, the suspect was identified as 43-year-old Bryan Velasquez. Police arrested Velasquez last week.

The arrest of Velasquez comes several weeks after police were first notified of his "stalking behavior" toward some of his co-workers.

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The San Jose Police Department in California recently shared a photo of an array of firearms that were seized from a man suspected of stalking his co-workers. San Jose Police Department/Twitter/San Jose Police Department/Twitter

"In April of 2022, the San José Police Department received a report from a local construction company regarding a former employee that had been engaging in stalking behavior towards multiple co-workers," the San Jose Police Department said in the press release.

According to police, Velasquez was terminated from his position with the construction company in January this year.

After police received the report from the local constriction company, an investigation was launched into Velasquez's behavior online and on social media.

"Suspect Velasquez engaged in escalating behavior of cyber stalking, including posting pictures of himself pointing firearms on social media," the San Jose Police Department said in the press release.

Additionally, the San Jose Police Department said that Velasquez allegedly sent emails to several different co-workers "with threats littered with profanity." Velasquez also would allegedly discuss the co-workers addresses as well as their daily patters in his threats made towards them.

Amid the investigation into Velasquez's online behavior, the San Jose Police Department discovered that he owned several firearm registrations.

"Based on the preliminary investigation, Detectives worked closely with the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office to walk through an arrest warrant for Velasquez, charging him with felony stalking, and obtained a gun violence restraining order (GVRO) to seize all his firearms," the press release said.

After police obtained the gun violence restraining order, Velasquez was arrested on May 19 "without incident."

Following the arrest, police seized "two AR pattern assault rifles, high capacity magazines, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, tactical body armor, and materials to manufacture and assemble privately made firearms or ghost guns," from Velasquez's residence.

The San Jose Police Department released a photo of all the firearms that were seized following Velasquez's arrest on Twitter.

"Some of the firearms that were seized from the suspect using a gun violence restraining order," police said in the tweet.

According to KABC-TV in Los Angeles, the San Jose Police Department said that Velasquez's arrest possibly "prevented a mass casualty incident."

Newsweek reached out to the San Jose Police Department for comment.