A 34-year-old man from Barstow is in jail on charges of making criminal threats, breaching a protective order and alleged possession of six untraceable ‘ghost guns’. He is also accused of attempting to break into her ex-girlfriend’s house and threatening to kill her.
The Barstow Police Department arrested Troy Tammel Jones shortly after 3 a.m. Friday and incarcerated him at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Barstow Station Jail, where county booking records show he remained in custody with total bail of $125,000 starting Sunday.
Jones’ bail amount came in part from a $75,000 toll on a pre-existing warrant on contempt of court charges for violating a protective order. The other $50,000 came from suspected but not yet filed charges of criminal threats intended to terrorize, possession of firearms as a felon, prohibited possession of ammunition as a felon, and manufacturing short-barreled shotguns, according to booking records.
Barstow Police Department officers were called to a home on the 1300 block of Kelly Drive at 2:40 a.m. Friday after a 911 call by a female resident, during which the Barstow Police dispatch could hearing a man “in the background threatening to kill the victim”. according to a Facebook post by the department.
“Officers made contact with the victim and through investigation determined that her ex-boyfriend, (Jones), came to her home and attempted to force entry,” the department said. “During the incident, Jones threatened to kill the victim, which he believed he would carry out the threat because he is known to carry firearms.”
Jones left before police arrived, but nearby officers found him standing next to a white Toyota Corolla “with which he was associated” in the parking lot of a Super 8 by Wyndham motel at 170 Coolwater Lane. They “observed two firearms in plain sight” inside the Corolla and proceeded to search the vehicle.
“During the search, officers located one AR-15 pistol, three AR-15 short barrel rifles, one standard AR-15 rifle, a loaded 9mm pistol and several rounds of assorted ammunition,” said Barstow PD. “Officers also located a mask and tools for making weapons inside the vehicle.”
All six of the firearms were so-called “ghost guns,” according to the department, meaning a gun’s serial number required by law has either been defaced or doesn’t exist to make it effectively untraceable by authorities.
Officers discovered in a records check that Jones is a convicted felon, compounding the suspicious charges he currently faces.
Jones was due to appear in Victorville Superior Court at 12:30 on Monday in connection with his current contempt-of-court charge for violating a protective order. He was then set to appear in the same court at 12:30 on Tuesday to face the suspected charges relating to his arrest on Friday evening, according to his booking records.
Charlie McGee covers the California High Desert for the Daily Press, focusing on the city of Barstow and surrounding communities. He is also a Report for America corps member with The GroundTruth Project, an independent, nonpartisan, non-profit news organization dedicated to supporting the next generation of journalists in the United States and around the world. McGee can be reached at 760-955-5341 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @bycharliemcgee.
This article originally appeared in the Victorville Daily Press: Barstow man booked for alleged possession of ‘ghost guns’, threats