A Texarkana man arrested last week after selling a grenade and an automatic machine gun to an informant working with law enforcement appeared in federal court Tuesday.
After Lomax made the sale to the informant for the explosive and the machine gun March 24, officers from Texarkana, Ark., police, the FBI, and Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives swarmed in to arrest him on an existing parole warrant. But Lomax fled in his red Ford pickup, traveling about two miles down Arkansas Blvd. before turning the pickup upside down.
In the truck, officers discovered a cache of weapons that Lomax’s prior felony conviction made it illegal for him to have. Seized were six pistols, one of which had a filed off serial number, and some unidentified pills. Agents test fired the machine gun Lomax allegedly sold along with a grenade for $1,000, and found it to be “fully functioning.”
Lomax appeared Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Bryant for an initial appearance in the Texarkana Division of the Western District of Arkansas. Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wulff said the government wants Lomax to stay in jail while his case is pending. Federal public defender Tiffany Fields said Lomax might want a bond hearing later but will waive the detention issue for now.
A federal indictment formally charging Lomax has not been issued but is expected soon.
Lomax remains an inmate in the Miller County jail.