On Thursday, Dec. 29, at 10:43 p.m., Officer Joshua Dempsey, with the Orange Police Dept., was on patrol in the parking lot of Kwick Stop, located in the 1500 block of 16th St.

While on patrol, Dempsey observed a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu parked in the handicap space in front of the store. Dempsey exited his patrol car and made contact with the driver, who was identified as Eric McNeil, 21, of Orange

Also in the vehicle were four other males who were identified as Walter Harmon, 20, Raphiel Harmon, 22, Ellis Deon, 28, and David Armstrong, 28, all of Orange.

Officer Dempsey asked all the men to exit the vehicle and he checked all of them for any outstanding warrants through dispatch.

A check through dispatch revealed that David Armstrong was wanted ou of Orange Municipal Court for warrants on no drivers license, (bond $500, fine $271). He was also wanted out of Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1 for no drivers license, (no bond, fine, $356.20), and for a capias pro fine, and no insurance (no bond, fine $546).

Eric McNeil was issued three citations for no drivers license, no insurance and parking in a handicap space.

Ellis Deon, Walter Harmon and Raphiel Harmon were told that they were able to retrieve their personal belongings from the vehicle.

Deon took a Walmart bag from the vehicle, turned his back to Officer Busby, who was on hand to assist, and began to go through the bag. Officer Busby instructed Deon to turn around so he could check the contents of the bag.

Busby took Deon by the arm, but Deon pulled away. Officer Busby then turned Deon around, took the plastic bag and looked inside> He found a Kel-Tec PF-9 9 mm Luger handgun.

Deon was restrained after officer Busby secured the weapon. Deon claimed the weapon was his, and that he had found it in a ditch.

When Officer Dempsey retrieved the weapon from Officer Busby, it was unloaded and without a magazine inserted. Upon inspection of the weapon, it was found that the serial number had been removed and/or obliterated from the firearm.

A marijuana grinder was also founding the passenger compartment of the vehicle.

After confirmation of warrants, Armstrong and Deon were both placed into custody and transported to the Orange County Jail, where they were released to jail staff.

Deon was charged with possession of a weapon on the licensed premise where alcohol is served. He is also charged with tampering with identification numbers.