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Cyclist arrested for possession of firearm

by Minden Press-Herald

On June 13, Minden Police Officer patrolling the area of South Middle Landing near McCausland Street observed a male subject riding a bicycle against the flow of traffic without illuminated lights. The officer activated his overhead lights, signaling the rider to stop.

The officer made contact with the male subject, identified as Bruce Jones, 50. After frisking Jones for weapons, the officer asked for consent to search his backpack. Jones consented to the search, and inside the backpack, the officer located a silver revolver. Jones was then placed in handcuffs, and the officer advised him of his rights per Miranda.

The officer requested dispatch to check Jones’ criminal history and to determine if the firearm was stolen. Dispatch confirmed that Jones was prohibited from possessing a firearm due to a guilty conviction for simple burglary on January 9, 2023. Jones was placed in the back seat of the officer’s unit, and his bicycle was released to a nearby family member.

Jones was charged with felon in possession of a firearm, no required lamps on bicycle, and riding left of center. He was transported to the Minden Police Department and later to BDCC.

All subjects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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