Daily Staff Report
A Linden man identified by authorities as a former mental patient is facing a charge of illegally possessing a gun after involuntary commitment to a mental health facility.
Documents in Warren County Circuit Court say sheriff's deputies seized a .22 caliber rifle and several rounds of ammunition on Dec. 26 from Kurt Michael Jankowski, 29, at his home at 997 Wilderness Road.
The documents, a search warrant affidavit filed by deputy Michael Robinson and a criminal complaint filed by deputy S.M. Collins, state that one or both of the deputies encountered Jankowski next to a green Suburu at the end of his driveway.
The deputies found the rifle "in plain sight" in the Suburu, Robinson wrote in his affidavit.
"When questioned, Jankowski admitted that he took the firearm out of his residence and placed it in the Suburu," Robinson wrote.
Collins's criminal complaint states Jankowski told deputies that he was "transporting the rifle to another residence in case he got into a fight minutes before our arrival."
The affidavit states that authorities later discovered that Jankowski was voluntarily admitted to a mental health facility on April 4, 2011, and later held there under a temporary detention order.
"Jankowski's wife advised deputy Collins that the rifle was either close to the door or when Jankowski leaves, puts it in the vehicle," the affidavit states. "Previous complaints in reference to threats made by Jankowski using a 12-gauge shotgun suggest the possibility of more than one firearm in the residence."
Jankowski was released from jail after posting a $1,000 secured bond, according to court records.