Story of man found dead in car with 1200 guns in his house just got very weird

The story that is emerging about a decomposing body of a man found in a car in an upscale neighborhood of Los Angeles who was later found to possess more than 1200 guns and 6.5 tons of ammunition is just about the weirdest tale I've heard in a long time, maybe ever.

CBS Los Angeles has the stunning details:

The body of a mystery man was decomposing in his car in the ritzy Pacific Palisades neighborhood for nearly two weeks before he was found by authorities, an attorney said.

Inside his home, detectives discovered more than 1,200 guns, scopes, 6.5 tons of ammunition, bows and arrows, knives, machetes and $230,000 in cash after he was found on Friday. Residents of the townhome complex where the man lived were evacuated Saturday as investigators removed the weapons and ammunition.

They also located eight of the 14 vehicles stashed around Los Angeles registered to the man, including an SUV designed to drive underwater.

Who he was and how he came to accumulate the arsenal and vehicles are questions authorities are still trying to answer.

Veteran defense attorney Harland Braun represents the man’s fiancee Catherine Nebron and identified him as Jeffrey Alan Lash.

Strap yourself down for what comes next:

Lash and Nebron were together for 17 years and she believed him when he told her that he worked as an undercover operative for unnamed government agencies, Braun said Wednesday.

“The story itself sounds totally crazy but then how do you explain all this?” Braun said. “There’s no evidence he was a drug dealer or he stole these weapons, or had any criminal source of income, no stolen property, all the stuff you’d look for.”

There’s no indication the man was doing anything illegal with the weapons, LAPD Deputy Chief of Detectives Kirk Albanese said. Detectives were reviewing everything, but so far the guns appeared to be registered to him. Many were still in boxes or had price tags.

Braun said Nebron and two friends were in a car at a supermarket early July 4, when Lash felt hot and had trouble breathing.

“He wouldn’t go to a hospital and didn’t want any 911 call,” Braun said. When he died, Nebron parked him in a car down the street from the condo they shared, the lawyer said.

Authorities don’t believe there was any foul play involved, but won’t give a cause until there is more investigation.

Lash told Nebron the government agencies would take care of his body and the items in the home.

“He knew he was dying, he had been dying for a year, so he told her: ‘The body will be taken care of by my people … ‘ ” according to Braun.

An eccentric gun collector? A prepper? An arms dealer? Perhaps all three. A secret government agent would be a stretch, but given the mystery surrounding Mr. Lash, anything is possible.

Nebron's actions following Lash's death were bizarre as well. She left the body in the car down the street from his home and then took a road trip to Oregon for 10 days with a friend. The friend's family reported her missing, but police have confirmed the friend is safe and sound. Arriving back in LA, Nebron realized that Lash's body had yet to be discovered. That's when she called the lawyer and informed police.

No word on how Mr. Lash made a living. Perhaps it was inherited wealth. Regardless, this story bears following while authorities unravle the life and times of the mysterous Mr. Lash.

 

 

The story that is emerging about a decomposing body of a man found in a car in an upscale neighborhood of Los Angeles who was later found to possess more than 1200 guns and 6.5 tons of ammunition is just about the weirdest tale I've heard in a long time, maybe ever.

CBS Los Angeles has the stunning details:

The body of a mystery man was decomposing in his car in the ritzy Pacific Palisades neighborhood for nearly two weeks before he was found by authorities, an attorney said.

Inside his home, detectives discovered more than 1,200 guns, scopes, 6.5 tons of ammunition, bows and arrows, knives, machetes and $230,000 in cash after he was found on Friday. Residents of the townhome complex where the man lived were evacuated Saturday as investigators removed the weapons and ammunition.

They also located eight of the 14 vehicles stashed around Los Angeles registered to the man, including an SUV designed to drive underwater.

Who he was and how he came to accumulate the arsenal and vehicles are questions authorities are still trying to answer.

Veteran defense attorney Harland Braun represents the man’s fiancee Catherine Nebron and identified him as Jeffrey Alan Lash.

Strap yourself down for what comes next:

Lash and Nebron were together for 17 years and she believed him when he told her that he worked as an undercover operative for unnamed government agencies, Braun said Wednesday.

“The story itself sounds totally crazy but then how do you explain all this?” Braun said. “There’s no evidence he was a drug dealer or he stole these weapons, or had any criminal source of income, no stolen property, all the stuff you’d look for.”

There’s no indication the man was doing anything illegal with the weapons, LAPD Deputy Chief of Detectives Kirk Albanese said. Detectives were reviewing everything, but so far the guns appeared to be registered to him. Many were still in boxes or had price tags.

Braun said Nebron and two friends were in a car at a supermarket early July 4, when Lash felt hot and had trouble breathing.

“He wouldn’t go to a hospital and didn’t want any 911 call,” Braun said. When he died, Nebron parked him in a car down the street from the condo they shared, the lawyer said.

Authorities don’t believe there was any foul play involved, but won’t give a cause until there is more investigation.

Lash told Nebron the government agencies would take care of his body and the items in the home.

“He knew he was dying, he had been dying for a year, so he told her: ‘The body will be taken care of by my people … ‘ ” according to Braun.

An eccentric gun collector? A prepper? An arms dealer? Perhaps all three. A secret government agent would be a stretch, but given the mystery surrounding Mr. Lash, anything is possible.

Nebron's actions following Lash's death were bizarre as well. She left the body in the car down the street from his home and then took a road trip to Oregon for 10 days with a friend. The friend's family reported her missing, but police have confirmed the friend is safe and sound. Arriving back in LA, Nebron realized that Lash's body had yet to be discovered. That's when she called the lawyer and informed police.

No word on how Mr. Lash made a living. Perhaps it was inherited wealth. Regardless, this story bears following while authorities unravle the life and times of the mysterous Mr. Lash.