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Fort Irwin soldier faces firearm, meth charges

Police believe man may have planned attacks on law enforcement

BARSTOW • A Fort Irwin soldier is set to be in court Tuesday to face charges for possession of a military-grade armory and methamphetamines, with earlier reports the man may have planned to attack local law enforcement agencies.

Lucas Donahue, 32, was arrested at least three times in the past year for concealed carrying of loaded firearms and possession of weapons silencers and controlled substances on several occasions, according to a search warrant affidavit written by the Barstow Police Department.

He has three cases pending trial in San Bernardino County.
Donahue is an active duty sergeant first class in the Army, stationed at Fort Irwin and living in Barstow, according to the affidavit. He is currently pending dishonorable discharge from the Army.

During his most recent arrest, Fort Irwin military police found in Donahue’s truck as black revolver, a semi-automatic handgun with laser site attachment, the barrel of an AK47 assault rifle several homemade silencers. They handed the investigation over to Barstow Police Department detectives who searched his vehicle as well.

Also in Donahue’s truck, police found a map of the City of Barstow marked with symbols used in U.S. Army Ranger combat missions. Three small red circles with a “K” in the middle were placed over the locations marking the Barstow Police Department, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, and the California Highway Patrol. Detectives were told this symbol designated kill zones.

“I formed the opinion that the dots on the map in this area were to designate threat areas,” wrote Barstow Det. Keith Libby in the affidavit.

Military officials told detectives Donahue allegedly threatened to kill his company commander by stabbing him in the neck.

Before that Donahue was arrested by Sheriff’s Department for possession of illegal firearms and later by the Barstow Police Department for possession of a stolen firearm. The Sheriff’s department searched his residence in December where they found a handful of weapons and methamphetamine.

Last month, Police obtained a search warrant for his apartment at 751 Higgins Road, where they found multiple firearms and combat accessories. In his possession, Donahue had an antique black powder musket, an Uzi style firearm, a loaded semi automatic rifle and two other firearms, according to a search warrant return. They also found two firearm silencers, a BB gun and a Middle Eastern style sword.

Two confidential informants told police Donahue carried firearms in his truck and one accused Donahue of selling firearms and methamphetamines.

Donahue has not been charged for firearm sales or any threats. Deputy District Attorney Kris Parde said investigation in ongoing in Donahue’s cases, though at this time her office doesn’t have enough evidence to charge Donahue beyond a reasonable doubt.

As some of the charges are still under investigation Parde didn’t want to give the maximum sentence Donahue could face if convicted of all charges, though at this point he faces prison time in the double digits, she said.

Deputy Public Defender Troy Padgett declined to comment on the case. Attempts to reach another of Donahue’s defense attorneys, Cliff Peters, were unsuccessful Friday.

Donahue is being held at West Valley Detention Center in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Contact the writer:
(760) 256-4123 or klucia@desertdispatch.com


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