Illegal short-barreled AR-15 and Child Endangerment, Subject Arrested
Subject Arrested for illegal AR-15, along with multiple firearms violations and child endangerment
In July of 2023, The Marin County Sheriff's Office Specialized Investigative Unit received information that San Rafael resident Ashwan Wells was in possession of an AR-15 style firearm and a Glock style pistol. Wells was prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition due to a felony conviction in 2017 for robbery and for threats with intent to terrorize.
On July 13, 2023, SIU Detectives detained Wells during a traffic stop as he drove his vehicle into San Rafael on Highway 580. Wells' 9 month old child was located on the lap of the front passenger of the vehicle, completely unrestrained.
During the search of Wells’ residence, Detectives located a un-serialized, short-barreled AR-15 firearm loaded with .223 ammunition and a loaded 9mm pistol magazine.
The AR-15 had a live round in the chamber of the firearm and was in a bag close to the floor where Wells' 9 month old child could have had access to the firearm.
Wells was placed under arrest for being a felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammunition, and being in possession of an illegal assault weapon.
Complaint request charges were made to the District Attorney's Office for child endangerment , not having his child in a proper restraint system while driving, and operating a vehicle without a driver's license.