Moss Point gun burglary suspect makes initial court appearance

Damian O'Neil Towne. (Image source: Harrison County Sheriff's Department.)
Damian O'Neil Towne. (Image source: Harrison County Sheriff's Department.)

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Damian O'Neil Towne, 24, was in court Wednesday morning. He is one of eight suspects charged in the Moss Point burglary that netted 48 weapons from a home. Of the 48 guns stolen, 11 were machine guns.

ATF agents tell us 12 weapons have been recovered. That means 36 weapons remain on South Mississippi streets

Towne was very uncooperative at the hearing, and the judge had to ask him questions multiple times before he would answer.

Towne's lawyer told the judge that Towne claims he was in jail when the crime happened. According to the Harrison County Jail Docket, Towne was arrested on May 16, on a robbery charge unrelated to this crime. Court documents say the gun burglary happened on May 15.

Towne is accused of being one of three men who broke into the Moss Point home. In addition to the three federal charges he is facing in Moss Point, he is facing a burglary charge.

Towne's mother, brother and pregnant girlfriend are also charged in this case.

Since Towne was in jail on unrelated charges, this was his first appearance in federal court on the gun charges. Towne is being detained and has a court date set for August 25, on the separate robbery charges.

Trial for the gun case is set for Oct. 6.

During Wednesday's hearing, Towne admitted to a judge he has been treated for a marijuana addiction in the past.

ATF agents say more people could still be arrested in this case.

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