An East Palo Alto man was arrested on suspicion of illegally carrying a concealed weapon Tuesday evening after the Menlo Park's Narcotics Enforcement Team contacted a group of individuals openly smoking marijuana in front of children, according to police.
Officers from the narcotics team were following up on an investigation in the unit block of Newell Court in East Palo Alto.
Detectives contacted a group of three people openly smoking marijuana in the courtyard of an apartment complex "in full view" of a large group of children, at which time one of the individuals tried to run away, according to police.
Bernard Valentine, 20, was tackled and arrested. During the struggle to handcuff Valentine a loaded pistol was found in his waistband, according to police.
The gun was later determined to have been stolen, police said.
The Menlo Park Police Department is asking anyone with additional information about the incident to call 650-330-6300. Anonymous tips can be reported at 650-330-6395.