Sebastian man charged with carrying a firearm inside his vehicle at Liberty Magnet Elementary School

Stephen Michael Zahn
Stephen Michael Zahn

Last Friday, a Sebastian man was charged with Possession of a Firearm and 71 rounds of ammunition on School Property at Liberty Magnet Elementary School.

According to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office, the deputy approached the vehicle as it pulled into the student pick-up line at the school because the driver, Stephen Michael Zahn, had a warrant out for his arrest in a case involving petit theft.

As Zahn was placed under arrest, the deputy asked if he had any weapons in the vehicle.

“I got a weapon behind the seat, a rifle,” Zahn told the deputy. A rifle was retrieved, “which was in hands reach of Zahn at the time of the arrest in plain view. I also located 71 rounds of live ammunition in the vehicle,” the deputy said.

“It should be noted the school has posted signs stating ‘No Firearms on School Property.’ It was also 1505 hours at the time of the arrest, with the school still in normal function filled with students and parents beginning to line up in line at the parent pick-up line,” the deputy said.

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Zahn, 62, was transported to the Indian River County Jail, where his bond was set at $3,500.

A warrant was issued for Zahn’s arrest earlier last week after his ex-wife stated he took their daughter’s iPhone 11 and refused to return it.

Zahn told investigators that he didn’t have the iPhone and denied taking it from the daughter. However, the phone was tracked to Zahn’s residence using the “Find My iPhone” tool.

When deputies tried to speak with Zahn after the phone was tracked to his address, he told them to contact his attorney. A warrant was then issued for his arrest.

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