An Evansville man already wanted on an arrest warrant faces more trouble after police reported finding two loaded guns that could have been within reach of his 5-year-old son.
According to a Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office affidavit, deputies went to the home of 24-year-old Arthur E. Peyton to arrest him about 5 p.m. Tuesday. According to the affidavit, shortly after authorities arrived, a man matching Peyton’s description left the home and got into a sport utility vehicle that was parked in the driveway in the 1100 block of Bayard Park Drive.
Deputies then approached the vehicle, identified Peyton and arrested him, according to the affidavit. Deputies also asked who else was inside the home and Peyton told them another man and Peyton’s 5-year-old son.
According to the affidavit, deputies knocked on the door several times before someone answered. Deputies wrote in the affidavit that they could smell the odor of burned marijuana from outside the home. While searching for the 5-year-old boy, one of the deputies found a loaded assault rifle behind a kitchen door. The child was located in an upstairs bedroom.
During a subsequent search, authorities also reportedly found a loaded .32-caliber revolver underneath a seat cushion in the home’s living room, marijuana and several prescription pills.
Peyton faces additional preliminary charges of maintaining a common nuisance and neglect of a dependent. The 5-year-old boy was released to his grandmother, according to the affidavit.