Man arrested after carrying AK-style rifle into gasoline station, police say | Crime and Courts



Marlon L. Phillips


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CROWN POINT – A man was arrested last week after several police officers in Gary saw him carry an assault rifle into a gas station, court records show.

Marlon L. Phillips, 27, of Gary, appeared to be hiding the gun in the Citgo gas station at 3118 W. 15th Avenue around 8:30 p.m. on July 1 in the Lake Criminal Court.

Police arrested Phillips at gunpoint as he walked out of the gas station and recognized him immediately from previous contacts, according to the records.

Phillips was convicted of robbery and bodily harm in 2015 and, according to court documents, is suspected of being linked to a gang.

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Police entered the gas station and found an AK-style semi-automatic rifle loaded with 21 rounds of ammunition hidden behind a candy stand.

According to records, officers also found an AR pistol loaded with 30 rounds of ammunition near the rifle.

A man at the gas station told police he had the AR-style pistol but not the AK-style rifle, records say.

Phillips denied that the rifle was documented to be his.

Phillips was released from the Lake County Jail on Wednesday after depositing a $ 3,500 cash loan, records show.