BAY POINT -- A act of violence reported Thursday night in Bay Point led police to a cache of 49 illegal weapons in a residential home, authorities said.
Officers were flagged down at Rose and Bella Vista avenues about 9:50 p.m. Thursday by a man bleeding from his ear, Contra Costa County Assistant Sheriff Donny Gordon said. The man said he had been hit over the head with an unknown object by a man who fled to a home on the 100 block of Bella Vista Ave.
Deputy sheriffs entered the home and heard noises coming from the back of the house while speaking with the a man who lived there, identified as Mike Kestner, 50, Gordon said. Authorities detained Kestner, three other adults and a child to perform a sweep, at which point deputies found a loaded Uzi submachine gun on a bed in the back bedroom.
Deputies obtained a search warrant and called in support from the Criminal Anti-Violence Support Effort team, a joint task force that includes representatives from the sheriff's office and the state Department of Justice, Gordon said. During the search, 49 illegal submachine guns, shotguns, rifles and handguns were found throughout the home.
Kestner was arrested on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and illegal possession of an assault weapon, and is being held on $50,000 bail, Gordon said.
The other occupants of the home were released after questioning, and the child was released to his grandmother. The victim of the assault sustained
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