A Riverside man caught illegally possessing more than a dozen handguns that he intended to sell failed to appear for his sentencing hearing Monday, prompting a judge to issue a warrant for his arrest.

In August, Jermaine Anthony Augustine Hernandez, 25, admitted one count of attempted sale of a firearm to a prohibited person and one count of bypassing a licensed firearm dealer in procuring a firearm. Several felony charges were dismissed under the plea agreement with the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office.

Hernandez was slated to be sentenced before Superior Court Judge Gail O’Rane, but when his case was called at the Riverside Hall of Justice, the defendant was nowhere to be found.

O’Rane issued a bench warrant for his arrest and voided his $35,000 bond.

Hernandez’s co-defendant, 42-year-old Timothy Matthew Carroll of Riverside, is slated to stand trial for allegedly being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and illegal possession of ammunition.

Carroll is free on $10,000 bail and is next due in court for a status hearing on Oct. 13.

According to the Riverside Police Department, Hernandez and Carroll came under investigation last October after detectives received tips that Hernandez was acquiring handguns in Arizona, bringing them to California and altering the serial numbers to conceal the fact the guns were procured illegally.

He then attempted to sell them from an apartment shared with Carroll in the 1800 block of Loma Vista Street, Officer Ryan Railsback said.

Sufficient evidence was gathered to obtain a search warrant, which was served at the location on Oct. 18.

Railsback said 17 pistols of various calibers, along with 30 large-capacity magazines, were seized from the apartment, in addition to an undisclosed quantity of ammunition.

Hernandez’s two children, ages 1 and 3, respectively, were at the residence, he said.

According to court records, Carroll has prior convictions for receiving stolen property, child abuse and driving on a suspended license.

Hernandez has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.

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