Police find TNT, rocket launcher and dozens of weapons in South L.A. home

The LAPD found dozens of weapons and explosives in a South L.A. home after someone spotted a motorcyclist riding with a rifle and called police.
(Los Angeles Police Department)

Police found a rocket launcher, TNT and dozens of weapons in a motorcyclist’s South Los Angeles home over the weekend after someone spotted him riding around town with a rifle.

On Saturday morning, a bystander flagged down officers after seeing the man carrying a rifle as he drove his motorcycle near South Figueroa Street and West Gage Avenue, LAPD Officer Drake Madison said. Police found the man leaving a gas station not far from where he was first seen.

John Menzies, 50, was carrying a loaded handgun in his waistband, as well as a loaded assault rifle when he was pulled over, Madison said.

The LAPD later searched Menzies’ South Los Angeles home and found a rocket launcher, TNT and PETN explosives, 24 rifles, 12 handguns and silencers.


Menzies was booked on felony weapons charges and was being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.

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