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Ocala convicted felon arrested after gun found during welfare check

A 27-year-old convicted felon was arrested after a gun was found during a welfare check.

On Monday, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a SW 20th Street residence in Dunnellon to perform a welfare check.

The deputy spoke with a relative of Joseph Juvenal Flores, and the relative stated that he had observed Flores handling a gun.

Ocala convicted felon arrested for possessing gun ammo
Joseph Juvenal Flores

The relative was able to calm Flores down, take possession of the gun, and throw it under a car in the yard to keep it away from Flores.

Flores allegedly “tore up” the inside of the house. The relative advised that Flores is schizophrenic and has not been taking his medication.

When asked about the gun, Flores denied handling the weapon, but he did confirm that his relative threw it under the car.

Flores stated that the gun belongs to his father who is in Mexico.

According to the MCSO report, Flores was convicted on October 27, 2016 in Franklin County, North Carolina for attempted first-degree murder, assault on a law enforcement officer with a deadly weapon, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, and second-degree kidnapping.

The deputy searched Flores and found a 9mm magazine with six bullets inside the front left pocket of his jeans. The magazine fit the gun that was under the car.

Flores was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where he is currently being held on $10,000 bond.

He faces a felony charge for possession of a weapon by an out-of-state felon. A court date has not been scheduled yet, according to jail records.