Jeremy Arnez Eppinger
Photo: Spalding County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Spalding County Sheriff's Office

Cops: Man wearing camo mask with 3 guns, hundreds of rounds arrested outside Pizza Hut

A man wearing a camouflage mask while possessing three handguns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition was arrested outside a Pizza Hut in Griffin, authorities said.

Jeremy Arnez Eppinger, 26, is accused of loitering around the restaurant on  West McIntosh Road on Sunday, Griffin police said in a Friday news release.

Witnesses told police Eppinger was acting suspicious and crouching behind a nearby retaining wall while wearing the mask. 

One witness said Eppinger jumped over the wall while holding a handgun and began walking toward the Pizza Hut until he noticed the witness quickly trying to get away, the release said. He then became “startled” and retreated to his vehicle.

Officers said he had the mask around his neck and a Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun in his waistband when they arrived, the release said.

In his car, police said they found a Kel-Tec AR-15-style pistol, a third handgun and hundreds of rounds of ammo, including pre-loaded 30-round magazines, the release said.

He was arrested and charged with criminal attempt of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, wearing masks and reckless conduct, according to Spalding County Jail records.

As of Friday night, he remained in jail without bond. An investigation is ongoing.

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