Deputy makes Christmas Eve bust, arrests suspect with 'ghost' gun

By The Leader Staff
Suspect Brandon Angel
Suspect Brandon Angel

A Kings County Deputy Sheriff, patrolling on 18th Avenue and Jackson Avenue in rural Kings County on December 24 at about 11:30 a.m., spotted a blue Toyota sedan displaying an expired vehicle registration and pulled the vehicle over.

The deputy contacted the driver, an adult passenger, and a six-year-old child. According to deputies, the adult passenger, Brandon Angel, was on active Kings County Probation for auto theft, and he was subject to search.

Before the search, the deputy asked Angel if there was anything illegal in his possession. The suspect told the deputy that he had something illegal but did not want to disclose the item in front of the child. Angel exited the car and revealed a loaded gun in his jacket pocket.

 The deputy handcuffed the suspect and then located a Glock-style handgun in Angel’s jacket pocket. It was loaded with ten rounds of live ammunition. The gun was a “ghost gun” and thus impossible to trace. The deputy also located a glass pipe in Angel’s jeans that appeared to have been used to ingest Methamphetamine.

According to the sheriff’s office, the suspect, Angel, had been convicted of prior felony charges and was not permitted to possess a firearm.

Deputies transported Angel to the Kings County Jail, where officials booked him on the charges of carrying a concealed weapon inside a vehicle, carrying a concealed weapon on his person, removing or altering the serial number on a firearm, being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm, being a drug addict in possession of a firearm and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bail was set at $100,000.     

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