Police: Couple showed up at closed restaurant at 4:30 am with gun, knife, drugs

Danielle Deluca, 26, and Christopher Jones, 34. Hernando County Jail booking photos

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (WFLA) — A man was arrested on drug and weapons charges after police say he showed up at a closed restaurant at 4:30 a.m. saying “The Lord brought him” there.

Brooksville Police Department officers responded to the old Fireside Inn located at 1175 Broad St. after receiving a call about two suspicious persons on Sunday morning.

Investigators say the caretaker of the Fireside Inn lives on the property and called police after a man and a woman knocked on his door. The man told the caretaker that “The Lord brought him to the location,” according to police. He refused to provide any other explanation for being there.

Officers arrived and questioned him. While speaking with Christopher Jones, 34, officers noticed a knife on his waist. After securing the knife, police conducted a patdown on Jones and say they found a loaded .380 pistol in his front pants pocket.

Jones was taken into custody. Police say a records check revealed that Jones is a convicted felon and was previously convicted on charges of felon in possession of a firearm. Police say Jones also had a small amount of marijuana with him.

Danielle Deluca, 26, was with Jones. She told police she had a pipe in her bra, which she removed and gave to officers. The residue in the pipe tested positive for methamphetamine, according to police. She also gave officers a holster and a loaded magazine for the gun that Jones had.

Both were arrested on charges of possession of a concealed firearm, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jones was also charged with felon in possession of a concealed firearm.

The pair was transported to the Hernando County Jail. Deluca is being held on $1,000 bond and Jones is held on $21,000 bond.

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