Guns found under mattresses in East Side apartment


By Joe Gorman

jgorman@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Police on Sunday found two guns under mattresses in an East Side apartment, including one where a 3-month-old child was sleeping, after answering a call about a man threatening people with a shotgun.

Jamal Moody, 22, was arraigned in municipal court Monday on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and two counts of endangering children. His bond was set at $20.000 by Magistrate Anthony Sertick.

Reports said neighbors told police Moody was threatening people in a 620 Kendis Circle apartment building over loud music.

Police were called to the complex about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, where reports said witnesses told police Moody was in a nearby apartment.

An officer looked inside the apartment and saw Moody hiding a handgun underneath a mattress where the child was sleeping, reports said. Reports said the woman who lives in the apartment told police Moody asked if he could use her apartment to hide in. At first she told him no, but later agreed, reports said. The woman gave police consent to search her apartment.

After finding the loaded .22-caliber handgun, police searched further and found a sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun under a mattress in another bedroom, reports said. Reports said Moody was taken into custody inside the apartment and taken to the Mahoning County jail pending his arraignment.

About 2:10 a.m. Monday, a trooper with the Canfield Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol pulled over a car driven by Carlos Valentin, 25, of Youngstown, for running a stop sign. Reports said Valentin smelled of alcohol and the trooper asked him to step out of the car to take a sobriety test. When Valentin stepped out, the trooper smelled marijuana on Valentin’s clothes, reports said.

The trooper searched the car and found a loaded .45-caliber handgun in between the front seats, reports said. Valentin was taken to the Canfield Post where he passed a blood-alcohol test. He was arraigned on charges of improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He had served a prison sentence for an armed robbery in 2010, court records show.

Sertick set his bond at $25,000.

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