Garden City Police arrested a man suspected of armed robbery at a Jackson's early Saturday morning.
Allen Newman, 24, reportedly entered the convenience store at the 9500 block of Chinden Boulevard with a handgun and demanded money. He took an undisclosed amount of money and fled the scene on foot, according to police.
Police responded to the call just before 2 a.m., but Newman was gone.
After reviewing security footage, an officer recognized Newman from a previous interaction at the 5400 block of Milstream Way.
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While investigating, dispatch received a call from a nearby address regarding a child finding a handgun in bush outside a residence. Police identified it as Newman's weapon.
"The Garden City Police Department is grateful to the citizens who called the police and reported the found firearm. Newman made an extremely poor decision to dispose of the loaded firearm in a bush in a densely populated neighborhood where young children could, and did locate it," said Rick Allen, interim police chief. "We are extremely lucky that the young child took the firearm directly to their parents as this incident could have been deadly."
Police staked out Newman's parents' residence. When Newman arrived at the address at 3 p.m. officers approached him and found meth and illegal drug paraphernalia. Then they issued a search warrant on his parents' home, police said.
Newman was arrested for possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance, armed robbery and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He's up for arraignment on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Ada County Courthouse.