Chester woman charged with straw purchase of 9 guns sold to felon

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A Chester woman has been charged with the straw purchase of nine guns that she sold illegally to her nephew, a convicted felon, Delaware County officials said Wednesday.


Vikki Towns-Perez, 35, had purchased the guns between February 2012 and May 2013, each registered in her name.

In an interview with authorities, Towns-Perez admitted to buying all nine firearms for her nephew in exchange for $150-$200 cash and of knowing that he had been convicted of several crimes and was thus unable to own a firearm, the county DA’s office said.





Of the nine guns purchased, five have been recovered by authorities.

Towns-Perez is the sixth person charged in the county under the so-called Brad Fox Law — named for a police officer slain in Montgomery County and enacted in 2013 — against the straw purchase of guns.

 “We know that the vast majority of the illegal guns on the streets used for violence and crime are a result of straw purchases,” said District Attorney Jack Whelan in a news release.




The law carries a five-year minimum mandatory sentence.

Towns-Perez was arraigned in Linwood District Court and remanded to the George W. Hill Correctional Facility after failing to post $10,000 bail.



















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