By Ray King
A reported domestic disturbance at a business in the Jefferson Square Shopping Center Sunday resulted in the arrest of a man who reportedly had a stolen gun in his possession.
William Carter, 22, who is currently on probation was taken into custody after police stopped the vehicle he was seen getting into after leaving the business where the disturbance reportedly occurred.
Deputy Prosecutor Holden Raines said during a court hearing Tuesday that a woman who worked at the business called police to report that Carter, who was her boyfriend had battered her and police saw physical injuries when they talked to the woman.
Detective DeShawn Bennett reported that officers saw Carter get into a red Ford Taurus carrying a brown shoe box and conducted a traffic stop a block away. When they opened the shoe box, they found loose green vegetable material that appeared to be marijuana, a digital scale and a 380-caliber handgun that had been reported stolen in Saline County in June.
Raines said Carter was placed on probation on Jan. 23, 2020 after being convicted of theft by receiving and if prosecutors file charges in this case, they will add felon in possession of a firearm.
On Tuesday, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 cash only bond for Carter after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge him with theft by receiving. He said he would hire his own attorney.