Alleged Flasher Who Hoarded Weapons, Ammo Committed For Mental Evaluation

John Robert Steiner, 58, was taken for psychological evaluation after Glendora police found a cache of guns and ammunition at his home, a lieutenant said.

An Azusa man accused of exposing himself to children at a local Wal-Mart was committed Friday by officers who found he was a guns and ammo hoarder, Glendora police said.

John Robert Steiner, 58, was picked up at his home, 18835 E. Mauna Loa Ave, early Friday morning after police secured an arrest warrant for him, said Glendora police Lt. Tim Staab.

Officers confiscated "well over" 100 pistols, rifles and shotguns, with ammunition, Staab told Patch.

Detectives were initially looking for him because he was allegedly caught on surveillance tape walking up to people and exposing himself at a local Wal-Mart, Staab said.

"He would be standing pretending like he was shopping, and when someone came up he would reach into his pants and expose his genitalia, walk a few steps and stuff it back in," Staab said.

The first incident occurred July 4 and police suspect he may have done it again on Tuesday.

Though Steiner has no record of previous arrests, a detective recognized the suspect's copper-colored Ford pickup and camper shell the surveillance tapes picked up in the parking lot, according to Steiner.

"Even though he was committed, the case will stil be submitted to the DA’s office," said Staab.

Detectives were still reviewing surveillance tapes to determine whether to add that incident to the list of charges they will submit to the county District Attorney.

Gary Edmonds July 18, 2011 at 07:50 AM
Thanks for the note Laura. I hadn't thought about it. I should have been alerted to it when discussing it with the GPD operator and her not knowing anything about the case. I did tell the operator my interest in the story and she was one who suggested and put me through to the Detective. I will say that after placing the call I regretted doing so, not wishing to waste their time on my curiosity. Thank ou for your suggestions.
Laura July 18, 2011 at 08:39 AM
Dear Gary, Thank you for your nice reply! I too share your frustration with lack of complete coverage/follow-up not just online, but in print, and broadcast. Don't get me wrong, I think Patch is a great idea, but sometimes there really is no follow-up or updates.
John July 18, 2011 at 01:49 PM
It isn't a crime to own guns, however, if you are committed for a mental evaluation you are no longer allowed to own guns. They are taken until he can have someone capable of owning them pick them up. And last I checked there isn't 58 year old me exposing themselves on TV or in school yards. The man was sick and needed to be evaluated.
John July 18, 2011 at 01:56 PM
If you have filled out the ATF DROS form for the purchase of a gun lately that is why it asks if you have ever been committed for a mental evaluation. I am a fan of guns, but think it would be a bit absurd to allow mentally ill individuals own them. The majority of shootings involving innocent people mostly are the mentally ill who come across a firearm.
Bill C. July 18, 2011 at 09:06 PM
Glendora PD, like any other PD or law enforcement agency can execute search warrants in cities anywhere in the state. This is their case and I'm sure they executed the warrant. I'm sure LASD was notified as that's s.o.p. when you do this type of thing outside your own city. To commit someone involuntarily the requirement is that the person is a danger to his or herself, to others, or gravely disabled. Apparently this was the case and now the matter goes to the D.A. and courts. The bottom line is that a guy exposing himself in public and hoarding weapons and ammo probably has other issues that law enforcement concluded needed the assistance of psych professionals.


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