OC Man Charged in LAX, Guns Incident

LOS ANGELES -- Criminal charges were filed Thursday against a man arrested after police found more than a dozen guns and 1,000 rounds of ammunition in his pickup truck when he was stopped last month at a security checkpoint at Los Angeles International Airport.

Phillip Joseph Dominguez, 47, of Orange, is scheduled to be arraigned Friday at the Airport Branch Courthouse in Los Angeles on eight felony counts and three misdemeanor charges.

Dominguez is charged with three counts each of unlawful assault weapons and possession of a deadly weapon and one count each of possession of an assault weapon and short-barreled shotgun or rifle activity.

The misdemeanor counts are having a concealed firearm in a vehicle, carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle in the city and possession of a controlled substance, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Dominguez was stopped in a gray Chevrolet Silverado about 11 a.m. Jan. 9 at a security checkpoint at the airport. Police said they found the firearms in the bed of his truck during a routine check, including a loaded handgun, a loaded musket and two semi-automatic rifles.

Dominguez, who later told the Orange County Register that he was picking someone up at the airport that day and going to a shooting range, was released late that night on $50,000 bail.

Police served a search warrant at Dominguez's home and allegedly found three deadly weapons, including a nunchaku, and a controlled substance called testosterone enanthate.

Prosecutors are asking that Dominguez's bail be increased to $150,000 based on the charges.

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