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Armed transient may have targeted family member

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Although a list of U.S. politicians was found in his vehicle, officials don't know if Robert Johns was targeting any of them.
  • Although a list of U.S. politicians was found in his vehicle, officials don't know if Robert Johns was targeting any of them.

The homeless man who in July was allegedly found near Golden Gate Park with an arsenal of weapons and ammo in his vehicle intended to harm a family member, police said Wednesday.

Also found in Robert Johns’ Jeep Cherokee was a card listing the names and titles of U.S. politicians, but police do not know if the 37-year-old was targeting any of them.

Police have said Johns kept an alarmingly large stash of guns, knives and ammunition in his vehicle. When officers responded to a citizen’s complaint July 17, they found Johns’ unoccupied car and issued a 72-hour notice to move it. When cops returned July 21, they allegedly found Johns and saw a shotgun in the vehicle.

After searching his car, police said they found more than 5,000 rounds of ammunition, a sawed-off shotgun, a 9 mm handgun and 14 knives. They also found a substantial amount of marijuana, survival equipment, a methamphetamine “cookbook” and $900 in cash.

Before his arrest, Johns had a run-in with police June 30 in which  officers confiscated a 12-gauge shotgun and a loaded .22-caliber rifle. He was taken to a hospital on a 72-hour hold for mental evaluation, then released.

Johns is currently being held on $100,000 bail.