Photo: confiscated guns and ammo
ALPINE – A mere 29 miles east of downtown San Diego in the Cuyamaca Mountains of San Diego County, Alpine is known as a safe, neighborly city with little crime. The small, developed city was apparently hiding a secret amongst its upstanding citizens.
Once one of its residents sent bullets into the air, SWAT stepped in. “Why?” might you ask. Simply put, the person was a registered felon – prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm. Also, the suspect was on probation in the State of California.
He’d managed to keep to himself, enjoying the illicit discharge of his firearm, until a January 25th incident drew attention to the goings-on – led by reports of a man firing a gun at a home on the 4600 block of Park Lane.
Investigators from the The Alpine Sheriff’s Station’s Crime Suppression Team took a closer look into the reports, only to discover that the person of interest residing there was Joshua Havins (DOB 01/19/1981) – a known felon currently on probation.
Due to California Law’s ballistics prohibition, connecting the dots led to a warrant being issued. Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Detail (SED)/SWAT Deputies attempted to serve the search warrant connected to the 01/25/2021 event at around 7:30 AM on 02/09/2021.
However, when SED Deputies arrived at the home to execute the service of the warrant, Havins did not cooperate. This led to alerting the Sheriff’s Crisis Negotiations Team (CNT) – who gave quick response to the scene.
Still, no word, regardless of numerous attempts to elicit a response. In true SWAT Stand-off fashion, Havins kept mum for three hours.
Finally, Havins strolled out of the fully-surrounded abode near 10:30 AM to the awaiting teams. He was taken into custody without incident.
This is where the comprehensive action of the warrant produced a big reveal. The teams discovered 1,000s of rounds of ammo, along with several firearms.
As a result, Havins’ booking into San Diego Central Jail served up an added accompaniment of numerous firearms-related charges.