A 36-year-old Indiana man was arrested Monday after two firearms and ammunition were located in his vehicle.

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A 36-year-old Indiana man was arrested Monday after two firearms and ammunition were located in his vehicle.
K9 Mako and firearms that were found in Tepes’ truck. (Source: MCSO)

A 36-year-old Indiana man was arrested Monday after two firearms and ammunition were located in his vehicle.

Emmanuel Tepes, 36, Knox, Indiana, was charged with four counts of illegal possession of a weapon or ammunition by a convicted felon.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office was conducting traffic enforcement near Bahia Honda Bridge at approximately 4:30 p.m. when they saw a southbound Ford F-150 traveling 73 mph in a 55 mph zone.

Deputies pulled onto U.S. 1 and attempted to stop the truck, but it did not slow down and quickly turned into the Horseshoe Beach parking lot. Deputies could see the truck had no license plate.

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The driver, identified as Tepes, appeared very nervous. He admitted he pulled off U.S. 1 in an effort to avoid contact with law enforcement.

A 36-year-old Indiana man was arrested Monday after two firearms and ammunition were located in his vehicle.
Emmanuel Tepes, 36

“K9 Mako responded and was alerted to contraband in the vehicle,” said MCSO.

A loaded .40-caliber pistol and a loaded .22-caliber revolver were found in the truck, as well as 134 rounds of ammunition.

Tepes admitted he was a felon and should not possess firearms. He was previously convicted of fraud in Indiana.

He was booked into the Monroe County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

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