Feds arrest armed Colorado man in Iowa after remark about Boulder shooting

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IOWA CITY, Iowa | An Iowa gun store refused to sell a semi-automatic rifle to a heavily armed and agitated Colorado man who said he was surprised his friends didn’t suspect he was the Boulder mass shooter, according to federal court documents released Friday.

The Nebraska State Patrol initially arrested the self-described firearms enthusiast, Adam Vannoy, 40, on March 14 on Interstate 80 in Lancaster County. Another driver had called police to report he was driving recklessly at about 120 mph.

During a search of his packed truck, troopers seized a handgun from Vannoy’s jacket, a loaded AR-style semi-automatic rifle with an illegal silencer, four other firearms, ammunition, a bulletproof blanket and vest, two brown wigs and an Air Force costume. They also found marijuana.

They jailed the Denver man on weapons and drug charges. He was released after posting $5,000 bond on March 17, even though he threatened to kill a guard, exposed his penis to guards and threw feces from his cell into a common area, according to a federal complaint unsealed Friday.

Six days later, on Tuesday, Vannoy tried to purchase an AR-style rifle from Sportsman’s Warehouse in Ankeny, Iowa, near Des Moines, the complaint said.

The store denied the sale after Vannoy said he was surprised his friends hadn’t called to find out if he was responsible for Monday’s shooting in Boulder. A 21-year-old man is charged with killing 10 people at a grocery store. Vannoy also said he had 500 rounds of ammunition in his truck.

In addition to denying the sale, the store notified the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives about his comments. Agents arrested Vannoy in Iowa this week on a new federal charge stemming from the Nebraska traffic stop, illegal possession of a firearm as an unlawful user of marijuana.

Vannoy was scheduled to make an initial court appearance in Iowa on Friday afternoon, before facing transfer to Nebraska for further proceedings.

Videos posted by Vannoy on Instagram show he purchased several firearms and ammunition at Brownell’s, a large retailer in Grinnell, Iowa, after his release from Nebraska custody. He said on the videos that the best way to show the Nebraska State Patrol that he wasn’t plotting anything nefarious was to rearm himself.

Vannoy said his truck was packed with all of his belongings, including the wigs and Air Force costume, since he was abruptly leaving Colorado. Records show he told a Nebraska trooper during the stop that he was leaving Denver because his neighbors didn’t like him, he had a mental breakdown and quit his job. He told the trooper that he would use his time in jail to “think about getting even with people,” a remark the trooper viewed as threatening.

The arrest comes as Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds faces increasing pressure to veto a bill passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature that would eliminate the need to obtain permits to purchase handguns from private sellers or carry them in public. People would still have to pass background checks or present permits to purchase weapons at retailers, but critics say the unregulated private sales would allow more unqualified and dangerous people to obtain firearms.

 

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Jim That's Him
Jim That's Him
4 months ago

Exactly the type of nut job that should not have access to scissors or razor blades, let alone firearms. I hope that while in prison in Nebraska that he gets the mental help he needs. After he gets out they can send him to California where he can be elected to Congress. Be Nancy’s replacement.

Denver_dad
4 months ago

Why do you ReTrumplicants have to make it political? You make a comment with positive intent and then discount it by somehow making this disturbed violent guy into a Democrat. This would be a good time to think about what you think about.

Love law enforcement
Love law enforcement
4 months ago
Reply to  Denver_dad

You Demonrat President Trump haters are the ones that politicize everything. That’s all I’ve been reading and hearing on issues that have nothing to do with Former President Trump. There you go. So predictable. Always gaslighting.

T. Law
T. Law
4 months ago

Another MAGAt puke. Nice. 🤡

T. Law
T. Law
4 months ago

Loser.

Lex Wengel
Lex Wengel
4 months ago

Criminals get there weapons through the black market. All this legislation is doing is taking away law abiding citizens from defending themselves from the Fword SOBs. I myself draw fast, shoot straight, and I always let God be the judge…..

T. Law
T. Law
4 months ago
Reply to  Lex Wengel

Spoken like a true MAGAt douche bag.

Marge
Marge
4 months ago

After reading about disturbed people with guns, walking around in public, or perhaps driving next to you on the highway, all of a sudden my own home looks safe and cozy to me. Go out only when absolutely necessary, wear a bulletproof armor, and plan for lifetime of social distancing, the farther away from people, the better. Because this country is CRAZY. The people are NUTS. Guns solve every problem here. We may not have health care, we may not be paid enough to survive on one job, but we must have guns.

maud simon
maud simon
4 months ago

The judge is at fault for letting him go! Iish you’d printed his name!

Ricki Crescenzi
Ricki Crescenzi
4 months ago

And if Nebraska releases him a 2nd time, we’ll likely be reading about this person again when he goes on a shooting rampage killing multiple victims. Sad commentary on our court systems.

Roy Black
Roy Black
4 months ago

What problem is solved by having laws that are not or can not be enforced? Guilty of multiple FEDERAL and State Felonies this loon was still turned loose on the streets where he plainly ignores Laws that only restrict the law abiding.

Cap cloud
Cap cloud
4 months ago

We fail to lock up predators we depend on easily identified lunatics to be taking their medication so they won’t hurt people instead of keeping him off the streets .We promote tribalism in the form of identity politics that leads to dehumanizing of others outside the tribe and we leave immediate responders defenseless (Police are first responders but a person in the middle of a situation is the immediate responder ) .

Franz
Franz
4 months ago

Disband every Republican/Fascist-controlled state house in the nation and start over! So-called “states’ rights” will be our death-knell. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/06/second-amendment-guns-michael-waldman/