FAIRFIELD — A Suisun City man whose attitude did not sit well with a city code enforcement officer pleaded not guilty to felony charges of making criminal threats and being a felon with a gun.
Edward C. Crown, 53, greeted the code enforcement officer at the front door of his Montebello Drive home on the morning of Nov. 13. Crown was told about a city ordinance that prohibits cars from sitting parked on city streets for more than 72 hours. The code enforcement officer pointed to leaves and debris under Crown’s car tires and the cobweb running from the car’s bumper to the curb.
According to court records, Crown then expressed concern about other cars parked for days at a time in the neighborhood. Then he complained about jet fuel in the air from the planes taking off from nearby Travis Air Force Base. Then he voiced dissatisfaction over another city ordinance prohibiting people from washing cars in their driveways or on the street.
The code enforcement officer told Crown she was just going to go ahead and put a courtesy notice on his car.
Crown’s alleged response: “Anyone puts anything sticky on my car and I’ll put a bullet through them.”
The code enforcement officer did not take kindly to Crown’s alleged comment. Her boss was also nonplussed. He did some research on Crown and discovered he had previously been convicted of having a concealed gun in public and had lost his right to possess firearms and ammunition.
Suisun City police officers showed up at Crown’s front door the next day – search warrant in hand. A search of Crown’s home resulted in police seizing a handgun, ammunition, a holster and some gun cleaning gear. Crown was handcuffed, arrested and taken to jail where he posted $30,000 bail before being released.
Crown ended his brief court appearance by being told to come back to court again Jan. 13 when a date may be set for a probable cause hearing.
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