This is just frightening. No sooner was the nation reeling from news in Orlando, Florida of a shooting at a gay nightclub, a story has come out that a man was arrested carrying an arsenal of weapons near the Gay Pride Festival in Los Angeles on June 11. Click here to read more.
What is going on? In an unrelated incident to what happened in Orlando, Florida at a gay nightclub, a suspect was taken into custody in West Hollywood, Los Angeles after cops were tipped off about about a suspicious prowler near LA Gay Pride, according to a shocking report. When the suspects vehicle was searched, officers found an arsenal of weapons, including multiple assault rifles and a number of loaded magazines.
The man has been arrested and taken into custody, but his name is yet to be released. Santa Monica PD are also keeping details close to their chest on this one.
*UPDATE* The man has been named as James Howell, 20, from Indiana. Cops have now confirmed he was found multiple assault rifles, ammunition and explosives in his car. He was arrested in Santa Monica after concerned residents noticed him loitering on the streets at 5am.
Police have confirmed that he told them he was on his way to the LA Gay Pride Festival to meet a friend, and he “wanted to harm” people there.
Local authorities have said that they’re on the lookout for the friend the suspect claimed he was going to meet. James is currently being held in police custody on a $500,000 bond at the Santa Monica Jail.
He was currently on a year’s probation for pointing a gun at his Indiana neighbor in a threatening manner during an altercation, TMZ. reported.
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