Two men arrested by police last summer in the theft of dozens of guns from two Baton Rouge gun stores and the attempted burglary of a third store in Prairieville now face federal firearms charges, U.S. Attorney Walt Green said Thursday.
Charles Kieran Evans, 20, and Geno Eugene Lyons, 24, both of Baton Rouge, were indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiring to steal firearms, to possess and sell stolen firearms, and to receive and possess unregistered machine guns and silencers.
Evans and Lyons are accused of stealing 32 guns June 9 from Bowie Outfitters on Perkins Road and another 43 guns July 6 from Meaux Guns and Ammo on Mammoth Avenue. They’re also accused of trying to break into Hebert’s Guns in Prairieville on July 5.
A third man, Oneal Nicholas Thompson, was arrested July 15, along with Evans and Lyons.
“I would say the case remains open and the investigation is continuing,” Green said when asked about Thompson and the status of the recovery of the stolen guns.
A Baton Rouge police spokesman said in July that some of the stolen guns had been recovered.
Meaux Guns was formerly known as Red Jacket Firearms, the setting for the reality television show “Sons of Guns.”
The store was renamed after former owner Will Hayden was accused of rape. He has yet to go to trial.