Tewksbury, MA — Francho S. Bradley, 59, and Adrianne D. Jennings, 40, of Frisco, TX, were arrested at the Marriott Residence Inn in Tewksbury on the March 24. Bradley had previously called the police to the room, saying he believed that someone was trying to break in. Upon entry, the police found multiple weapons, attachments and other suspicious items. They arrested the couple, and a search warrant was approved to thoroughly search the entire room. There they found more “weapons, ammunition, large capacity feeding devices, and infernal machines,” according to the local police department.
It is not yet known why Bradley called the police with illegal weapons out in plain view — whether it was a form of turning himself in, a lapse in criminal judgement, or some other unknown reason. The reason behind their stay at the Marriott Residence Inn, and why they were all the way in MA from their homes in TX, has also not been confirmed, and the two have conflicting stories. The investigation is ongoing and has involved not only local police, but the FBI, ATF, State Police and Middlesex District Attorney’s Office as well.
Tewksbury, MA is just 30 minutes north of Boston.
According to the Tewksbury Police Department, the two were charged with:
8 counts of possession of a large capacity firearm, 19 counts of possession of a large capacity feeding device, 3 counts of possession of a silencer, 8 counts of improper storage of a large capacity firearm, improper storage of a firearm, possession of a firearm without a license, possession of ammunition without a license, possession of a bump stock, and 3 counts of possession of an infernal machine.”
According to the Lowell Sun, at the hearing, Bradley’s lawyer said that he was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and that he was using the weapons cache as “props.” Apparently Bradley’s communication company sells devices to the military, and these props were supposed to serve some function in those sales. Bradley also claimed that he worked for the LAPD for five years, but authorities have not yet been able to confirm this. On top of that, Bradley claims to have saved a kidnapped one-star general’s life at one point, as well as being pivotal in the German government, not to mention the Obama campaign.
However, Jennings said that Bradley was there for a job interview — the guns were supposedly there in case of some kind of “deployment,” she told police. She claims no connection to the weapons, and that she was only travelling with Bradley, her husband.
Both Bradley and Jennings are being held without bail as the investigation continues. Their next hearing is scheduled for March 30.
For those who are wondering, “possession of an infernal machine” means, by Massachusetts state law (read more about it here):
The term ‘infernal machine’, as used in this section, shall include any device for endangering life or doing unusual damage to property, or both, by fire or, explosion, whether or not contrived to ignite or explode automatically and whether or not disguised so as to appear harmless.”
Featured images courtesy of the Tewksbury Police Department.