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His Memory Was About 9mm Short

January 31, 2002|JACK LEONARD | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Drug dealers, gang members and even murderers have filed uneventfully through the metal detectors at Orange County's main courthouse in Santa Ana for years. Now a former congressional candidate has become the first person arrested for bringing a loaded weapon into the building.

Johnnie Robert Crean, who lost a 1982 bid to represent parts of Orange and San Diego counties in Congress, was arrested Tuesday when sheriff's officials discovered a handgun in a bag he was carrying.

"It was a senior moment," Crean, 52, said Wednesday. He said he'd forgotten he'd put the weapon in his bag last week.

An Orange County sheriff's spokesman said an officer operating the X-ray machine at the building's entrance noticed what looked like a gun in a black canvas bag Crean had placed on the machine.

Crean, son of a travel-trailer industry tycoon, said he was at the courthouse for a hearing on a dispute about equipment he had leased and suddenly recalled the firearm while watching the officer.

"He had a really funny look on his face. And I said, 'Oh, I think I need to take my bag back to my car,'" Crean said. Crean granted the officer permission to search the bag, and he found a fully loaded 9mm Glock handgun, sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said.

Crean was arrested on suspicion of possessing a weapon in a public building. He posted $10,000 bail.

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