TEWKSBURY, Mass. – A couple was arrested with a weapons arsenal at a Massachusetts hotel Sunday. The stockpile included an AK-47, AR-15, and a grenade launcher among others handguns and rifles. The male suspect told investigators that he was on a classified government mission, The Lowell Sun reported.
Ironically, the weapon cache was discovered after the man called police for help.
Francho S. Bradley, 59, and Adrianne D. Jennings, 40, were taken into custody after Bradley called police to the hotel room to report that someone was breaking in. Police responded and found evidence of the weapons stockpile, according to the Lowell Sun.
A police report says Bradley had a surveillance video feed of his hotel room in his car, and was concerned because the video feed died as he was driving toward Boston.
Bradley asked police to check his room since he admitted there was an unsecured gun in a drawer inside and because he “didn’t want the gun to get into the wrong hands,” according to a police report.
While there were no signs of forced entry into the hotel room, officers became concerned after their preliminary investigation revealed the weapons.
As a result of their initial discovery, investigators secured a search warrant for the hotel room and the couple’s vehicle.
Tewksbury police located the AR-15, AK-47, grenade launcher, other rifles and handguns; smoke grenades, walkie-talkies, tactical vests, cell phones and dozens of rounds of ammunition. Some of the weapons were reportedly recovered in a nearby vehicle.
The man from Frisco, Texas (just north of Dallas) has a valid firearms license from the Lone Star State, but it is not valid in Massachusetts.
Bradley reportedly told investigators about the “secret government mission” but refused to go into detail. The couple had reportedly driven from Texas to Massachusetts with the weapons.
“It should be noted that five of the high capacity magazines were affixed to each other by a homemade case. This was concerning because it allows an individual to shoot off all five magazines in a short amount of time,” police wrote in a report.
When interviewed by investigators, Bradley said he brought the weapons with him from Texas because he “needed them with him for his mission.”
“Francho went on to say he can’t tell us what he does for work or why he has all the guns with him, but that he is down in this area working for a government agency that is dealing with a virus,” police wrote in a report.
Bradley declined to name the agency or say more because he said the information was classified, according to a police report. Moreover, Bradley told officers there was no one they could call to verify the information, according to a police report.
As a result of their sojourn, the report said the couple faces eight counts of possession of a large capacity firearms, three counts of possession of a silencer and other charges including possession of a firearm without a license and possession of a bump stock.
At one point Bradley told police he owns Ensyme Engineering, but did not want to comment on what the company does.
The two are being held without bail after being arraigned Monday in Lowell District Court in connection with the large seizure of weapons.
Bradley told officers he worked for LAPD in the early 80’s. However, the agency told Tewksbury officers they could not immediately confirm whether Bradley ever worked there, according to a police report.
Furthermore, Bradley claimed to have played “prominent roles” in the Obama campaign and German government, “and single handedly saved a one star general who was kidnapped a few years ago,” according to a police report.
When Tewksbury police checked with police in Frisco to see if they had interacted with Bradley or Jennings, they learned Bradley reported his wife missing in 2013 and told police she was a psych patient with mental issues, according to a police report.
Jennings told police her husband was there for a job interview. Moreover, she told police her husband brought the guns with him “in case he gets deployed,” but told police she couldn’t speak about what he does for work, according to a police report.
Robert Normandin, who represented Bradley at the arraignment Monday, told the paper that his client is an Army veteran and the weapon accessories were “props” and not actually functional. Normandin reportedly said his client uses them as he conducts business.
Thomas Combs, who represented Jennings, said she did not own or have control of any of the weapons and accessories, which belong to Bradley. Combs said Jennings was merely along for the trip with her husband.
Judge Ellen Caulo ordered both held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Friday.
Meghan Kelly, a spokeswoman for the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, said a focus of the ongoing investigation into the couple is examining why they were there and what their intent was.
“We are working closely with our state and federal partners on this investigation and will leave no stone unturned,” Tewksbury police Chief Timothy Sheehan said. “We have a lot of work left to do here.”
Kristen Setera, a spokeswoman for the FBI in Boston, “At this point in time we don’t believe there is any additional threat to public safety. However, our investigation is continuing.”