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In searching for suspect, police find rifles, shotguns

Published: Wed, March 15, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.

A woman at the house said the firearms likely belong to her boyfriend.
YOUNGSTOWN -- In their hunt for Decarlos Jones, members of the Mahoning Valley Violent Crimes Task Force came across six assault rifles, two sniper rifles and two shotguns.
The task force officers, who had warrants for Jones' arrest, first went to a house in the 100 block of East Chalmers Avenue on Monday afternoon. The officers asked a woman who rents the South Side house with her boyfriend if they could search the place for Jones, and she gave consent, reports show.
During the search, police said they found four assault rifles in a bedroom by an open closet door. In the basement, they found six more guns.
The woman who lives at the house told police that the guns likely belong to her boyfriend, and that he had them for security.
Detective Sgt. Bill Ross, a task force member, said the guns were turned over to the bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to determine whether they were stolen.
Ross said Jones wasn't at the house but was later found in the Byron Street area on the East Side.
Jones, 30, of Woodside Avenue, was wanted on warrants that charge him with three counts of felonious assault and one each of aggravated burglary and domestic violence. He also was charged with two probation violations in assault and resisting-arrest cases.
At arraignment Tuesday in municipal court, Judge Elizabeth A. Kobly set Jones' bond at $157,500 on all charges and a preliminary hearing for Tuesday. The judge ordered that the Mahoning County sheriff not release Jones from jail unless the bonds are posted.

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