Police seize 19 guns, ammunition, arrest owner Man was under order not to possess firearms

April 24, 1996|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF

Baltimore County police seized a cache of guns and 7,000 rounds of ammunition, and arrested the owner -- who had been ordered by a judge not to possess firearms, officials said yesterday.

Richard M. Segel, 40, was arrested Monday after police recovered 18 rifles and semiautomatic weapons, a handgun and ammunition. He was charged with violating the order prohibiting him from possessing firearms.

Mr. Segel, who does not have a permanent address, was ordered held on $100,000 bail and sent to Spring Grove Hospital Center after a psychiatric evaluation showed he may be a danger to himself or others, court records show.

Bill Toohey, spokesman for the Police Department, said the court order stemmed from a domestic dispute March 29 in which police responded to a home in the 100 block of Village Mill Court in Owings Mills where Mr. Segel was living with a woman. Officers seized two weapons and some ammunition, and Mr. Segel was told not to take any more guns into the home, Mr. Toohey said.

"The very next day, [the woman] called again and said Mr. Segel again had weapons, and officers went out and seized two more guns and more ammunition," Mr. Toohey said. "On April 5, Mr. Segel appeared in court and told the judge he had no more guns."

According to court documents, Judge A. N. Williams ordered Mr. Segel to turn over any remaining weapons to police and banned him from possessing any firearms or ammunition until Oct. 22.

On Monday, the police Firearms Violence Unit received a call from the owner of Walter's Gun Chamber at 8210 Harford Road, who said a man had purchased several guns from his store using bad checks.

Police arrested Mr. Segel and found more weapons, including eight guns being kept at the home of one of his friends, officials said. Mr. Toohey said Mr. Segel told police he kept the collection of guns, two of which had bayonets attached, for target practice.

Dr. Mark Pecevich, superintendent of Spring Grove Hospital Center, confirmed that Mr. Segel was at the facility but declined to release other information.

County court records show that charges filed against Mr. Segel in other cases include theft, forgery, battery, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and reckless endangerment.

Pub Date: 4/24/96

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