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Grover Beach man put under citizen’s arrest faces felony gun charges

James Hayden Wylie, 52, of Grover Beach was arrested on suspicion of unlawful possession of a firearm, among other charges.
James Hayden Wylie, 52, of Grover Beach was arrested on suspicion of unlawful possession of a firearm, among other charges.

A Grover Beach man was arrested by police on Friday on suspicion of unlawful possession of a firearm after a neighbor put him under citizen’s arrest for allegedly trespassing, authorities said.

Officers were dispatched to a report of a disturbance at a residence on the 200 block of North Fifth Street in Grover Beach about 1:30 p.m. Friday, according to a Grover Beach Police Department news release. James Hayden Wylie, 52, was detained as officers investigated the nature of the call.

The investigation revealed that Wylie had allegedly trespassed onto a neighbor’s property by jumping the fence and entering the backyard, police said. The neighbor placed Wylie under citizen’s arrest for trespassing, according to the news release.

Officers allegedly found a loaded semi-automatic pistol and marijuana in Wylie’s backpack as they gathered his belongings from the scene, the news release said. Officers subsequently conducted a search warrant at Wylie’s residence and found a homemade booby trap, the news release said.

Wylie was booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail on suspicion of felony unlawful possession of a firearm, misdemeanor being a prohibited person in possession of ammunition, misdemeanor placing a booby trap, misdemeanor trespassing, misdemeanor prowling and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

His bail was set at $30,000, according to the news release. He was no longer in custody Sunday morning.

Anyone with more information on this investigation is asked to contact the Grover Beach Police Department at 805-473-4511. Information can also be provided anonymously by contacting San Luis Obispo County Crime Stoppers at 805-549-STOP (7867) or at www.slotips.org.

Danielle Ames: 805-781-7902

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