A 43-year-old man accused of threatening acts of violence against coworkers at an Eastvale warehouse and assembling high-capacity firearms in his home pleaded not guilty Friday to making criminal threats and other offenses.
Steven Allen Schultz of Apple Valley, in San Bernardino County, was arrested and booked into the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside Wednesday following a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department investigation.
Along with the threats count, Schultz is charged with possession of an assault weapon, possession of a firearm in violation of a temporary restraining order and violation of state Department of Justice regulations on homemade guns. He pleaded not guilty to all charges on Friday.
Schultz is being held on $1 million bail.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. Art Mendez, on Tuesday afternoon, the defendant allegedly became hostile with fellow employees at a warehouse in the 5000 block of Goodman Road, just west of Interstate 15.
Mendez alleged Schultz “made concerning comments of violence,” though the specific remarks were not disclosed, nor was the reason for the hostility.
Patrol deputies were called to the location and initiated an investigation, culminating in a search warrant being obtained and served that night at Schultz’s residence, according to the sergeant.
“Multiple un-serialized firearms, known as `ghost guns,’ were located, along with high-capacity magazines and hundreds of rounds of ammunition,” Mendez said.
Ghost guns can be assembled from kits, often relying on parts derived from 3-D printing.
The guns were seized, and Schultz was taken into custody without incident.
He has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County. The basis for the restraining order was not immediately known.