Man claiming to be “Mad Max” found with sawed off shotgun in California

Mad Max
A main claiming to be "Mad Max" was arrested in Barstow, California Thursday after officers found illegal weapons, including a sawed-off shotgun. / San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department

BARSTOW, Calif. — A man proclaiming to be “Mad Max” was arrested Thursday night after authorities found illegal weapons including a sawed-off shotgun, officials said.

Thirty-nine-year-old Jack Lee Ernest had several weapons, including brass knuckles, two knives, and the shotgun, according to San Bernardino County sheriff’s Barstow station officials.

A deputy noticed someone riding a four-wheeler in the area at a late hour, according to the San Bernardino Sun. The deputy tried to pull the rider over, later identified as Ernest.

Authorities say Ernest tried to get away but he was eventually pulled over and detained.

Ernest claimed he was Mad Max, a character from the fantasy science-fiction film about a post-apocalyptic world in which gangs of heavily armed scavengers engage in car to car battles.

Tom Hardy
This photo provided by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Tom Hardy, as Max Rockatansky, in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ action adventure film, “Mad Max:Fury Road,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. AP film writers Jake Coyle and Lindsey Bahr select their picks for the best movies of the year in 2015, including “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Carol,” “Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter,” “Spotlight,” and others. (Jasin Boland/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

Ernest was arrested on suspicion of illegal weapons and was booked into the Barstow Jail. His four-wheeler was towed.


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