LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that his office has successfully secured a conviction and jail time following an altercation in the parking lot of a West Hills fast food restaurant which led to the recovery of a fully loaded semi-automatic firearm concealed under the front seat of a vehicle.
"An unsecured, loaded firearm can turn a confrontation into a tragedy," said Feuer. "My office is committed to getting loaded firearms off our streets and protecting our residents."
Julian Womack, 24, entered a plea of no contest to one count of possession of a loaded firearm and was sentenced to 180 days county jail and three years of probation. The court issued a criminal protective order which requires Womack to stay 150 yards from the location of the arrest (Chik-fil-A), and from the victim. It further requires that he does not harass, threaten, damage personal or real property or disturb the peace of the victim. Additionally, the protective order prohibits Womack from owning, possessing, or purchasing any firearms or ammunition. Lastly, he is ordered to surrender to local law enforcement any firearm owned by him or subject to his immediate possession or control. The weapon found during the incident was ordered destroyed.
On May 1, 2019, the defendant allegedly pulled into the parking lot of a Chick-fil-A in West Hills, nearly hitting the victim’s vehicle and causing both cars to swerve. After parking his vehicle directly next to the victim’s vehicle, Womack allegedly approached the victim and threatened to “put a thousand shots if you come near my car” as well as threatening to beat up the victim. The victim and his passenger went inside the restaurant to get away from the defendant and the store manager called the police.
Officers detained the defendant upon arrival and found a .40 caliber Glock, semi-automatic pistol, under the driver’s seat of his vehicle. The weapon had a 13 round capacity magazine, loaded with 13 rounds of ammunition, and one round in the chamber.
Womack is scheduled to surrender and begin serving his jail sentence on June 14, 2019.
Deputy City Attorney Elin Carlson of Feuer’s Gun Violence Prevention Unit successfully prosecuted the case.