Police seize 41 guns in city apartment

Ammunition, body armor also found

man charged

February 09, 2002|By Laurie Willis | Laurie Willis,SUN STAFF

After a monthlong investigation, city police yesterday confiscated 41 guns -- including two that are banned in Maryland and four that were loaded -- from a Southeast Baltimore home.

Patrick Aquia, 36, was arrested at the scene and charged with weapons violations, including possession of banned weapons, illegal interstate transport, reckless endangerment and failure to secure the weapons in the presence of a minor, said Col. Robert M. Stanton, chief of detectives.

At 6 a.m., police assisted by agents of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and city housing authority detectives entered an apartment above Sherry's Bar at 238 S. Broadway and found 16 handguns, five shotguns, 20 assault weapons and rifles, and large amounts of ammunition and body armor, Stanton said.

Police had received a tip that large amounts of weapons and ammunition were being stored there, Stanton said.

Police arrested Aquia without incident while his 10-year-old son was home, Stanton said. The boy has been removed from the home, he said.

Police have also charged Aquia with theft because one of the shotguns was stolen in Baltimore County in 1995.

Stanton said he couldn't determine a value for the guns. "These are not junk guns," he said. "These are all high-quality weapons."

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