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Report: Convicted felon had loaded gun, 4 kids in car

Renalto Pierre Raper

Renalto Pierre Raper

A Rome man arrested on a felony charge after police found a loaded gun in his vehicle was released from jail on bond Sunday.

According to Rome police and Floyd County Jail reports:

Renalto Pierre Raper, 30, of 22 Lynn Ave., is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

He’s also facing the misdemeanor charges of speeding, obstruction of an officer, driving on a suspended license, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, driving under the influence of drugs, four child-restraint violations and four counts of endangering children while DUI.

Raper had an adult passenger and four children under the age of 14 in his car when he was stopped for speeding just before 6:30 p.m. Saturday on U.S. 411 at Norton Road.

Police smelled an odor of marijuana in the car and told Raper to get out of the vehicle. He did, but he resisted officers, refused to follow orders and was eventually tased.

The passenger admitted they had smoked marijuana about 30 minutes earlier and police found a small amount in the car. She also was arrested on a misdemeanor possession charge.

A loaded .32 caliber automatic also was in the car and officers determined that none of the children had been properly restrained.

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