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Loaded gun found in child’s car seat during I-30 traffic stop

Local authorities are charging a Nashville, Tennessee, man after finding a loaded pistol in a child car seat during a Clark County traffic stop on Interstate 30.

Rashon Keesee

According to court documents released this week, 30-year-old Rashon Iran Keesee was arrested March 26 following a traffic stop near the Arkadelphia exit. Arkansas State Police had put out a notification to agencies to look for an eastbound Dodge Charger whose driver had reportedly been pointing a gun at other motorists about 12 miles north of Texarkana.

Arkadelphia Officer Aleshia Hood spotted the speeding vehicle and conducted a traffic stop near the 73 mile marker. Keesee was traveling with two children. Prior to the traffic stop Keesee reportedly shoved a loaded 9mm handgun beneath a car seat occupied by one of the children. Authorities said the gun, with a bullet in its chamber, was found beneath the cloth padding of the seat a toddler was in. According to the affidavit, one of the children pointed out the whereabouts of the weapon.

Keesee was arrested and booked into the Clark County Detention Center, where he was released on bond two days later.

Convicted in 2016 for a robbery in the Nashville area, Keesee now faces charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm in addition to two felony counts of endangering the welfare of a minor.

Keesee was among six people who were arrested in 2019 for suspicion that they aided in his younger brother’s escape from a juvenile detention center in Nashville, Tennessee. Keesee’s younger brother, accused of murder, was one of four teens who escaped the facility.