Authorities in Georgia say a 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of walking toward a restaurant in Griffin with an arsenal in his possession.
According to Fox News, a witness outside of the Pizza Hut location contacted the Griffin Police Department to report a suspicious person apparently hiding behind a wall near the parking lot.
Reports allege Jeremy Eppinger appeared to look toward the restaurant before crouching behind the wall. At one point, he allegedly retrieved a handgun from his waistband and walked in the direction of Pizza Hut before noticing the witness.
Police were at the scene a short time later and reportedly found Eppinger in possession of a range of guns and ammunition after initially confiscating a Smith & Wesson 9mm pistol. He reportedly had a camouflage mask around his neck at the time police officers arrived.
“It was discovered that Mr. Eppinger also had in his possession a Kel-Tec AR-15 style pistol and a third pistol, hundreds of [rounds] of ammunition–including pre-loaded magazines of 9mm, multiple 30 round magazines of .223, boxes of multiple caliber rounds, and other pre-loaded magazines in the vehicle,” the Griffin Police Department said in a statement.
Officers initially arrested Eppinger on suspicion of loitering and later accused him of counts including aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
The police statement credited the quick action of a witness at the scene for bringing the incident to their attention.
“The immediate response did not allow Mr. Eppinger to follow through with a violent assault or flee the scene,” police said.
As of the latest reports available, he remained behind bars at Spalding County Jail.
[Featured image: Jeremy Arnez Eppinger, Spalding County Sheriff’s Office]