Barstow, CA: Local man arrested during the early morning last Tuesday for possession of unregistered firearms and “Ghost Gun” manufacturing equipment.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews)

Source: Barstow Police Department (Information)

Pictures: Barstow Police Department (Courtesy)

Needles, California: Officers from the Barstow Police Department have arrested a local man arrested during the early morning on Tuesday, October 4th, 2022 for possession of unregistered firearms and “Ghost Gun” manufacturing equipment.

According to a press release from the Barstow Police Department, at about 12:12 a.m., Officer Bryce Carson conducted a follow-up investigation in the 2000 block of Borrego Drive regarding red-tagged apartments that were being occupied.

Officer Carson conducted a check of a red-tagged apartment that was determined unsafe to be occupied by the City of Barstow’s Code Enforcement. As officers made entry into the red-tagged apartment they located a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun. Through investigation, officers obtained evidence that Benjamin Satterwhite, a 43-year-old resident of Barstow, occupies the apartment and was identified as the owner of the firearm.

A records check of Satterwhite determined that he is prohibited from possessing firearms. Officers were unable to locate Satterwhite and obtained a warrant for his arrest.

Officer Carson conducted further follow-up within the apartment complex of another red-tagged apartment, and contacted Edward Wooten a 37-year-old resident of Barstow. As officers knocked on the door to the apartment, Wooten answered the door armed with a loaded 38-caliber ghost gun revolver.

As officers spoke with Wooten he told officers that he had another firearm in his backpack inside the apartment. Officers checked the backpack and located an unloaded semi-automatic Glock style ghost gun.

Wooten was detained for trespassing and being in possession of the unregistered firearms. Wooten also provided officers with additional information that he had more unregistered firearms at his residence.

Officers obtained consent to search Wooten’s residence in the 1600 block of De Anza Street where numerous “Ghost Guns” were discovered as well as ghost gun-manufacturing equipment.

Officer B. Carson placed Edward Wooten under arrest for P.C. 25850 (c)(6) – Possession of Un-Serialized/Unregistered Firearms and P.C. 16351 – Possession of “Ghost Gun” Manufacturing Equipment. Wooten was booked at the Barstow Police Department and released on a citation.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation may contact Officer B. Carson at (760) 256-2211 or at

Those wishing to remain anonymous may also provide information by calling the WE-TIP hotline at 1-800-79-CRIME (27469) or by going to

Great work to the Barstow Police Department.


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