Covington police confiscated a small arsenal early Wednesday morning after responding to an assault complaint, Police Chief Tim Lentz said.
Officers were called to a convenience store about 2:15 a.m. When they arrived, the clerk told an officer that a man had made threatening comments while in the store.
The officer found the man in the parking lot, Lentz said. As the officer approached, the suspect took something out of the car, put it in the waistband of his pants and then began to walk off, ignoring orders to stop.
When he took off running around the other side of the building, the officer dropped the pursuit and radioed for help. Other officers arrived but couldn’t find the suspect, Lentz said.
Officers impounded the vehicle and found one AK-47 with a pistol grip, one Remington 870 shotgun, one Glock 36, one Rock Island 1911 handgun and two Ruger handguns. They also found more than 200 rounds of ammunition.
The vehicle was traced to a woman in Kentucky, who told officers that it was being driven by someone named David Hagan. The woman also gave officers an address where Hagan was staying in Covington, Lentz said.
When officers went to that address, they found Hagan and another man, who was later identified as James Dakota Bond.
Hagan had what the officers believed to be a marijuana pipe, Lentz said.
The officer who had responded to the convenience store identified Bond as the man who had fled, and both men were arrested.
Hagan, of Morgansfield, Kentucky, was booked at the St. Tammany Parish Jail on counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful use of body armor, Lentz said.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing and other counts are possible, Lentz said.
Editor’s note: This story was altered on Sept. 5 to reflect new information about the case from the Covington Police Department.
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