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January 1, 2013
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Grass Valley man allegedly concealed loaded weapon

A Grass Valley teenager is facing five criminal counts after being wrestled to the ground by police, who said they found a loaded handgun on his person.

Richard Lyle Roberts, 18, was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed loaded firearm, attempting to sell a firearm and resisting arrest after police allegedly found a loaded 9 mm Glock handgun after a routine pat-down search, said Grass Valley Police Sgt. Clint Bates.

Police received a call around 4:30 p.m. Monday reporting that an individual brandished a handgun in a parking lot of a grocery store on Neal Street, Bates said.

Responding officers were unable to locate the suspect; however, at 5:30 p.m., an officer returned to the scene and spotted an individual matching the description provided earlier fraternizing with a group of young men and women.

Officers instructed all the members of the group to line up and sit on a curb at one end of the parking lot, Bates said.

The responding officer then attempted to conduct a routine “pat-down” search for a weapon on Roberts when the teenager allegedly attempted to break free, Bates said.

Roberts continued to actively resist the officer, who used control holds to subdue the young man before putting handcuffs on him, Bates said.

A subsequent search of Roberts allegedly revealed a loaded handgun in Roberts’ inside jacket pocket, Bates said.

Follow-up interviews with young persons at the scene revealed that Roberts allegedly attempted to sell the firearm to another member of the group earlier in the day, Bates said.

The initial caller witnessed Roberts get into an altercation with unknown subjects earlier in the day, at which point he pulled out the gun and pointed at the group of individuals, Bates said.

Roberts was charged with a total of five criminal counts and was booked into Nevada County Jail on $100,000 bail.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Roberts was still incarcerated.

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