LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Timothy Anthony, 38, a prior convicted felon residing in Henderson, was charged Thursday in a federal criminal complaint with unlawfully possessing firearms, including an AR-15 style rifle, ammunition, and a body armor vest, announced U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich for the District of Nevada, Special Agent in Charge Patrick Gorman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and City of Henderson Police Chief Thedrick Andres.
As alleged in the complaint, on April 22, 2020, Henderson Police Department detectives executed a search warrant on Anthony’s vehicle and found a loaded .45 caliber handgun; a .45 caliber handgun magazine loaded with ammunition; a Point Blank Enterprises body armor vest with rifle plates; an AR-15 style rifle with a 13 inch barrel; nine rifle magazines with rifle ammunition; and a silencer for a rifle. The .45 caliber handgun and AR-15 style rifle appear to have been manufactured outside the normal process and are not registered. The body armor vest was reported stolen from the San Diego Police Department.
Later that day, detectives executed a search warrant at Anthony’s residence in Henderson. During the search, detectives found a Magnum Research .45 caliber handgun; a Remington 870 shotgun loaded with 13 shells; an AR-style pistol with no serial number; an AR-10 rifle; a CAI SKS rifle; dozens of shotgun shells and ammunition; an O-Mega taser; miscellaneous gun and machine parts; and gun manufacturing supplies. The Remington 870 shotgun was reported stolen from the San Diego Police Department.
Anthony had previously been convicted of felon in possession of a firearm in San Diego County. He also had previously been convicted of exhibiting a deadly weapon to police officer to resist arrest and possession for sale of a controlled substance in Los Angeles County.
Anthony was arrested, and a preliminary hearing will be scheduled before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daniel Albregts on a later date.
If convicted, Anthony faces a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for possession of a firearm not registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Act; 10 years in prison for felon in possession of a firearm; 10 years in prison for felon in possession of ammunition; and three years in prison for violent felon in possession of body armor. The maximum statutory sentences are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only. If convicted of any offense, the sentencing of a defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
A criminal complaint is a formal accusation of criminal conduct for purposes of establishing probable cause, not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
This case was the product of an investigation by the ATF and Henderson Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Melanee Smith is prosecuting the case.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a nationwide program by the Department of Justice that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority. In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, the Department announced the reinvigoration of PSN. For more information about PSN, visit www.justice.gov/usao-nv.