PBSO: Convicted felon had loaded assault rifle in West Palm-area park

A convicted felon is being held on $300,000 bail at the Palm Beach County Jail after he was found to allegedly be in possession of a loaded assault rife inside a Palm Beach County park, according to an arrest report.

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Nathan Dexter Paul, of West Palm Beach, is facing two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and one count of carrying a concealed weapon, grand theft of a firearm, committing a third-degree felony with a firearm and possession of marijuana.

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Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies were investigating a report of shots fired Saturday at Westgate Park at 3691 Oswego Avenue when a witness alerted them about a man carrying a duffel bag concealing a rifle or shotgun.

Paul, 21, allegedly stashed the duffel bag inside the park’s recreation center where it was found by deputies, the report said. Inside the bag was a M4 Carbine holding 24 live rounds inside the weapon.

The M4 Carbine is replacing the M16 rifle as the primary individual rifle in most U.S. Army and Marine Corps combat units.

The rifle in Paul’s possession was found to have been stolen from the home of a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer, the report said.

A background check of Paul revealed that he’s been convicted of three felonies since August 2013.

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