WORTHINGTON — A Sunday traffic stop that led to the discovery of a firearm with its serial number removed resulted in the arrest of an Omaha, Neb. man.
Rene R. Perlera-Castanedo, 21, was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped at approximately 11:52 p.m. Sept. 29 on Dover Street near Diagonal Road. A Worthington police officer allegedly discovered a Cobra 380 automatic handgun, which had its serial number removed, between the passenger seat and door.
Perlera-Castanedo told the officer the pistol had been left in the vehicle that he and the driver recently purchased. Perlera-Castanedo and the driver were in town visiting friends and he planned on removing the fun when they returned to Nebraska, the complaint states.
The vehicle's owner, who is not named in the complaint, claimed being unaware there was a gun inside the vehicle.
Perlera-Castanedo faces two counts of felony firearm possession with a serial number that was altered and without a serial number.
His conditional bail was scheduled at $15,000; unconditional, $30,000.