Suspect out of jail after 1,000 guns seized from mansion
A 57-year-old man was released on bond Thursday, a day after his arrest during a law enforcement raid on a Los Angeles mansion that uncovered more than 1,000 guns, according to jail records.
Girard Saenz was arrested on suspicion of unlawful transportation and of giving, lending or selling an assault weapon, the Los Angeles Times reported. It wasn’t known if Saenz has an attorney, and a message left at a number for him was not returned.
He was released after paying a $50,000 bond, records show.
Acting on a tip regarding illegal firearms sales, police and federal agents served a search warrant before dawn Wednesday at the home valued at millions of dollars in the posh Bel Air neighborhood.
Guns were strewn throughout several of the home’s rooms, authorities said. It took about 30 law enforcement personnel more than 12 hours to remove all the weapons, authorities said.
Photos and video from the scene showed stacks of rifles, shotguns, assault weapons and pistols laid out in the driveway. Others showed a floor stacked with boxes of ammunition.
The weapons will be itemized and booked into evidence, police Lt. Chris Ramirez said. “I had never seen so many weapons in my career of 31 years,” Ramirez said. “That’s such a big arsenal in a residence like this, in this type of neighborhood. It’s astounding.”
The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said in a statement that authorities received a tip about a person “conducting illegal firearms transaction outside the scope of the federal firearm license” that the person possessed.
Saenz is a longtime companion of real estate mogul Cynthia Beck.