OAKLAND -- A 22-year-old Pittsburg man suspected of bringing a pistol to last Friday's First Fridays Arts Festival has been charged with three felony criminal counts, authorities said Tuesday.

Hodges Taplet, on probation for a 2011 conviction of evading police, is charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, carrying a concealed firearm and carrying a loaded firearm in a city. He is being held in lieu of $55,000 bail and is scheduled to enter a plea to the charges Tuesday.

Taplet, who has ties to Oakland, was arrested about 10:15 p.m. Friday after being chased on foot and shot with a stun gun ¿by police. A loaded semi-automatic pistol police said he dropped during the chase was recovered.

Police said officers were alerted by people attending the festival, which had ended a short time earlier, about a man they saw with a gun and gave officers a description, including that the man was wearing red pants, authorities said.

An officer spotted the man, who turned out to be Taplet, near a gas station in the 2200 block of Telegraph Avenue and began chasing him on foot when Taplet started to run away. During the chase Taplet dropped a gun and kept running, police said.

After being chased a few more blocks and not heeding commands to stop, Taplet was finally shot with a stun gun and arrested, police said.

Since he refused to talk, police said they don't know why he had a gun on him.


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The First Fridays event, which runs from 5 to 9 p.m. the first Friday of every month, is centered around Telegraph Avenue between West Grand Avenue and 27th Street. It has been scaled back since a man was fatally shot after the event had ended for the night in February.