Police serving arrest warrant seize four AR-15 rifles from ex-con’s home in Covina

COVINA — Police serving an arrest warrant did not find the ex-con they were looking for Friday, but did seize four high-powered rifled and a handgun from his home, police said.
Officers showed up to serve an arrest about warrant on a man wanted for narcotics charges about 7:30 p.m. at the home he shares with his parents in the 700 block of Rancho Simi Drive, Covina police Sgt. Tom Tardif said.
The man they were seeking was not at the home, but police did recover four AR-15-style rifles in various stages of assembly, as well as a starter pistol which Tardif said was capable of firing a live round.
The man is a previously convicted felon and barred from possessing any firearms, the sergeant added. It was believed he was assembling the guns from parts ordered online.
It was not clear what the suspect’s previous conviction was for.
Along with the rifles and starter pistol, officers also seized a pellet gun, Tardif said.
Family members of the suspect who were at the home when police arrived were cooperative, he added. “They weren’t aware of what he was doing.”
Police did not release the suspect’s name as they continued searching for him Saturday.

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