AGUA DULCE, California — Los Angeles County sheriffs showed up at the home in Agua Dulce with a warrant, they found 432 guns at the house — and that was just the beginning of his arsenal. A tip from a neighbor about a man in possession of “a large number of guns” turned out to be an understatement.
An unbelievable cache of weapons was announced by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Department of Justice on Monday after seizing the weapons last week.
Manuel Fernandez, 60 was already a convicted felon and was taken into custody for being a felon in possession of firearms, possession of an assault rifle, a felon in possession of ammunition and possession of large capacity magazines.
After seizing the 432 weapons at the suspect’s house, a second warrant was served at the home of a woman connected to Fernandez, where 30 illegal firearms were seized, according to the sheriff’s department. Officials said the woman was not home when the warrant was served and is still unaccounted for, though she could face charges in the future as well.
A day later, law enforcement officials further searched Fernandez’s home and found 91 more weapons hidden at the residence.
All told, authorities seized 553 weapons alleged to belong to Fernandez. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) has been brought in to trace the origin of many of the weapons.
The sentence includes to 486 days in jail for an unspecified felony conviction in February 2017 but was released in August 2017, according to jail records.
He has been released on bail this time and is due in court on July 9.