Threats lead to discovery of gun, silencer in Nevada County arrest, authorities say | TheUnion.com

Threats lead to discovery of gun, silencer in Nevada County arrest, authorities say

A Grass Valley man accused of having a loaded pistol that qualifies as an assault weapon remained Friday in the Nevada County Jail under $500,000 in bond, authorities said.

Devon German Cruz, 30, faces felony charges of possession of an assault weapon, possession of a silencer, committing a felony while armed, stalking and inflicting corporeal injury. He's also charged with a misdemeanor failure to appear accusation.

Authorities found Cruz around 10 p.m. Thursday in a 10000-block Matthew Lane home after the residents reported him making threats, sheriff's Lt. Rob Bringolf said.

"He'd been served with a protective order," he added.

Deputies responded to the home and found a gun case in a vehicle near the residence. A silencer was on the ground by the car door, Bringolf said.

Officers then searched the area for Cruz, with the help of a California Highway Patrol helicopter, he added.

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Deputies learned about an hour into the search Cruz had entered the home's downstairs to confront someone. They found Cruz inside and arrested him, finding a loaded pistol, Bringolf said.

That pistol has a barrel threaded for a silencer. That design qualifies it as an assault weapon, the lieutenant said.

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