Man Charged After 2 Unregistered AR-15s, High-Capacity Magazines Found in Palos Verdes Estates Home
Two short-barreled AR-15 style rifles and a 9mm handgun, all unregistered, were found in the Palos Verdes Estates home of a man who was prohibited from having firearms after his mother reported that he robbed her, officials said.
Maxwell Miner, 29, has since been charged with robbery, making criminal threats, two counts of possession of an assault weapon, two counts of possession of a short-barreled rifle and possession of brass knuckles, according to Los Angeles County Superior Court records. He has pleaded not guilty to all seven counts.
The incident occurred about 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, in the 3300 block of Palos Verdes Drive North, Palos Verdes Estates police Capt. Luke Hellinga said.
A woman called police to report that her son tried to stab her and took property from her, according to the Police Department.
Responding officers found the mother and determined she was not injured. She told the officers she thought her son had firearms inside the home and police asked the man to step outside.
Miner complied and once the scene was safe, officers searched the house. They found the loaded weapons along with high-capacity magazines. Police said the weapons were not registered and that the man was not allowed to have them in his possession because of a “prior incident” that the department did not describe.
Police took possession of the weapons and are investigating the incident.
Miner was scheduled to appear in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Nov. 6 for a hearing in his case, county booking records show.
Bail has been set at $70,000, and he has been in custody at the Twin Tower Correctional Facility in downtown L.A. since Friday evening.
KTLA’s Brian Day and Melissa Pamer contributed to this report.
Correction: An earlier version of this article gave the wrong rank for Hellinga. The story has been updated.