Workplace threats lead to phantom gun hideout, deputies say – NBC Los Angeles

A threat of workplace violence led to an arrest and the discovery of a stash of ghost weapons in a Riverside County home, authorities said.

Deputies responded to a business in the 5000 block of Goodman Way in Eastvale on Tuesday after receiving a report of a threat made by an employee. Details about the threat were not immediately available.

The 43-year-old Apple Valley resident has made “concerning statements” about abuse toward other employees, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said. The suspect was arrested in the business.

A search of the man’s home uncovered a cache of serialized firearms, commonly known as ghost guns, high-capacity magazines and hundreds of cartridges, the sheriff’s department said. Deputies said a preliminary investigation suggested the man was making ghost guns at home.

He has been convicted of numerous criminal offenses including criminal threats and weapons charges. He is being held on $1 million bail.

Photo provided by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department showing items seized during a workplace threat investigation.

“The actions taken by the suspect’s colleagues were instrumental in this case,” the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. “In situations like this, the smallest details are often critical in preventing acts of violence and should be reported immediately by calling 911.”

Ghost guns are privately made firearms without serial numbers that are assembled from parts. Firearms made by licensed companies generally must have serial numbers displayed on the frame of the gun. The numbers allow authorities to trace the weapon back to the original manufacturer, dealer and purchaser.

Anyone with information about the case has been asked to call investigators at 951-955-2600.