Fountain Valley Police arrest an Irvine man on gun charges

An Irvine man was arrested for gun violations earlier this month after fleeing an incident in March. This is according to a press release issued Thursday by the Fountain Valley Police Department.

David Kalani Gardner, 43, was arrested on May 4 after police officers received a tip that he was hiding in a Santa Ana Motel 6.

A stolen rifle, loaded pistol, body armor, pair of telescopic sights and methamphetamine were found in a search of Gardner’s motel room, police said.

In March, Fountain Valley police arrested Gardner while a traffic obstruction near the intersection of Harbor Boulevard and Heil Avenue, authorities said. On that occasion, according to the press release, police said Gardner had a loaded gun, about 1.5 pounds of methamphetamine, 1.5 ounces of heroin and a large amount of cash.

Fountain Valley Crime Suppression Unit detectives then worked with staff at the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to obtain a complaint and an arrest warrant against Gardner related to the March incident, police said.

Gardner, who was on parole, allegedly tried to avoid further arrest by traveling to Northern California and Oregon, authorities said. He was monitored on his return to Orange County.

The federal warrant, as well as several arrest warrants issued by the county, were used to arrest Gardner in custody, according to the press release.

According to police, charges Gardner faces include possession of body armor and a firearm by a criminal, possession of ammunition as a prohibited person, possession of a firearm by a subject, and possession of drugs while dealing with a Firearm is armed. He is also facing an offense for possession of a controlled substance.

Gardner’s bail was set at $ 100,000, Orange County District Attorney officials have confirmed. Jail records indicate that he is being held at Theo Lacy Facility and that his next court appearance is scheduled for May 20.

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