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Man with loaded gun arrested near LAX

January 12, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
A contract employee at Los Angeles International Airport has been arrested after police found a loaded rifle in the trunk of his car.Airport Police Sgt. Jim Holcomb says Markus Sargent was taken into custody Monday on World Way West, a roadway used by employees entering the airport. Holcomb says a .22-caliber long rifle was found in the trunk of Sargent's car during a random check.

Holcomb says Sargent told authorities the gun had been handed down through several generations of his family and he forgot it was in his car. Sargent told authorities he had planned to put it in storage.

Sargent was booked for investigation of carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle. He was released late Monday after posting $25,000 bail.


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