Unregistered guns, grenade found at man's home after arrest

March 22, 2010|By Peter Hermann | Baltimore Sun reporter

A police stop of a gold Corvette in Northeast Baltimore this month led authorities to a house on Holder Avenue over the weekend that had a cache of unregistered weapons, including a World War II-era grenade, a city police spokesman said Monday.

Michael Hudlicka, 59, was released on $35,000 bail stemming from his arrest after the traffic stop last Tuesday, when police said he had a holstered .45-caliber handgun loaded with 10 hollow-point bullets. He could now face charges in addition to possession of an unregistered handgun, according to police.

Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said officers searched the suspect's house and found a .38-caliber revolver, a .22-caliber semi-automatic handgun, a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun, a .22-caliber revolver, a .32-caliber semi-automatic handgun, a 12-guage shotgun and a .22-caliber rifle.

Guglielmi said detectives also found a pineapple-shaped grenade that was apparently an heirloom passed down by family members from World War II.

Hudlicka was arrested about 8 p.m. Tuesday in the 1100 block of E. Belvedere Ave. after an off-duty Baltimore County officer spotted the weapon, according to the arrest report. That officer called for help from Baltimore City and officers quickly stopped the Corvette.

"I could clearly see holstered on the left side of his waistband, a black automatic handgun," the report says. The officer said in the report that he asked the suspect if he had a permit for the gun and was told no, and that he used the gun "for hunting and range practice."

Baltimore police also announced Monday that an arrest on Lake Avenue in Northeast Baltimore led to a seizure of an assault weapon and drugs. Police said that an officer followed a man leaving a house and saw him get into an unlicensed taxi. The officer stopped the vehicle because it did not have working tail lights, police said.

Guglielmi said officers smelled marijuana and arrested the car's four occupants. Inside the car, the spokesman said, officers found a "black bag loaded with marijuana." He said a search of the house in the 2800 block of Lake Ave. turned up an SKS assault rifle, 2.1 ounces of heroin and 32 vials of cocaine.

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