An 18-year-old Falls man was arrested Sunday following the discovery of two rifles hidden in bushes on 20th Street by officers responding to a domestic incident.
Police were called to the area about 8:30 p.m. after receiving reports of a man walking in the area with a gun. As officers arrived they spotted Dequan A.D. Moore, 18, 707 Cedar Ave., emerging from a backyard. He matched the suspect’s description but did not answer officer’s when asked if he had a gun and began walking away.
As officers attempted to detain Moore, a female juvenile tried to hit an officer, yelling for them not to touch Moore. Officers noted that she tried to hit the officer in the presence of an infant and put the baby in danger. Both the girl and Moore were detained.
Police talked to the juvenile girl’s mother who said the two were walking on LaSalle Avenue earlier in the night when a woman approached the juvenile and began choking her over something posted to Facebook. After the altercation, the mother said they returned home and a fight was arranged between the juvenile and another person. The mother said the juvenile girl was unhappy with Moore’s response to the situation and began calling him names, at which point he went into the house and brought out a rifle wrapped in a t-shirt.
As officers were searching for the gun, the mother again approached them and told them the guns were hidden in nearby bushes. An A-Rossi 20-gauge rifle and a semi-automatic “bull-pup” rifle were recovered. Neither was loaded.
Moore was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree obstruction of governmental administration and resisting arrest, the report said.