GRIFFIN, Ga. – An Atlanta man was arrested outside a Pizza Hut in possession of three handguns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition according to Griffin Police Department.
Jeremy Arnez Eppinger, 26, was spotted by a witness who told police he was acting suspicious. The man was reportedly hiding behind a retaining wall and wearing a camouflaged mask, reported the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Moreover, he continued to look up at the Pizza Hut and crouch back down into hiding, the witness told Griffin Police.
Moments later, the man identified as Eppinger jumped over the wall, pulling a handgun from his waist. As he walked towards the restaurant with gun in hand, he spotted the witness attempting to flee. Apparently startled, the armed man backtracked and retreated towards his vehicle, per Griffin Police.
Responding officers arrived at the scene and found Eppinger in possession of a Smith & Wesson 9mm pistol and a small arsenal in the vehicle.
“It was discovered that Mr. Eppinger also had in his possession a Kel-Tec AR-15 style pistol and a third pistol, hundreds of rounds of ammunition—including pre-loaded magazines of 9mm, multiple 30 round magazines of .223, boxes of multiple caliber rounds, and other pre-loaded magazines in the vehicle,” according to Griffin Police Department.
Police said after being accused of loitering, he was arrested and charged with criminal attempt of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, as well as other crimes.
“The situational awareness and urgent reaction of the eyewitnesses in contact 911 was critical in notifying Griffin Police Department of the matter,” said the agency.
“The immediate response did not allow Mr. Eppinger to follow through with a violent assault or flee the scene.”
Police had waited five days to announce the arrest, Fox News reported.
He is currently being held in Spalding County Jail. An investigation is ongoing.