Front Royal teen faces gun, larceny charges

FRONT ROYAL — Police arrested a Front Royal teen on four gun-related charges and three theft-related charges stemming from a late-night traffic stop.

Kenyatta Chandler, 18, of no fixed address in Front Royal, was pulled over close to midnight on May 22 after police suspected that the tint on Chandler’s car was too dark, said Chrissy Sealock of the Front Royal Police Department.

After a drug sniffing dog alerted officers on scene, a criminal complaint states, officers conducted a probable cause search of Chandler’s car and found a North Face book bag that Chandler admitted to stealing from Blue Ridge Avenue the night before. Inside the book bag were latex gloves, several flashlights, a pair of small bolt cutters, and two guns: a Ruger 380 and a Rossi Revolver. According to a criminal complaint, Chandler told officers that he was aware that the guns were in the bag.

The guns were allegedly stolen from Frederick County, and Chandler admitted that both guns were his, a criminal complaint states. Chandler also admitted to pointing a gun out of the car and shooting one shot around the 4000 block of Blue Mountain Road in Front Royal, the criminal complaint states.

Chandler has been charged with possession of burglary tools, two counts of firearm larceny, possession of a concealed weapon, reckless handling of a firearm, shooting across a roadway, and being a felon in possession of a firearm — the prior felony was committed while still a juvenile.

The next court date in this case is scheduled for July 11 in Warren General District Court, and Chandler remains in custody at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail.