Domestic dispute leads to arrest and cache of firearms

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NORTHWOODS, MO (KPLR) - A St. Louis County man is behind bars after a domestic situation ended with an arrest and cache of guns. According to new Northwoods Police Chief Ron Martin one of his 21 officers was patrolling the 4500 block of Nelson on Monday morning and found 26-year-old convicted felon Devane Morton causing a commotion at a home. The officer checked Morton out and found three guns including a semi- automatic rifle with a taped magazine. Police say an early morning argument between Morton and his ex-girlfriend’s mother caused Morton to take a 9-mile $30 cab ride from Florissant to Northwoods.  The chief also says officers in his small department quickly deescalated a tense situation that could’ve been a lot worse.

“He was in possession of a concealed firearm in his waistband another fire arm in his backpack and a rifle wrapped up in a cloth. The ex-girlfriend and her mother were petrified they were hiding in a closet trying to dial 911.” Martin said.

Officials also say the cabbie had no idea Morton had the weapons during the cab ride. The two time felon known for assault and theft is now facing three new felony counts of unlawful possession of a firearm. Morton is being held at the St. Louis County Jail on a $50,000 cash only bond.