The couple involved in a six-hour police standoff at a Daly City home Monday morning may have been trying to protect an arsenal of guns — including 12 illegal assault weapons and 10,000 rounds of ammunition, prosecutors said.
Joseph Camilleri, 29, and Anna Tostanoski, 25, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to more than a dozen felony counts for possession of an assault weapon and discharging a firearm at a building, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
Cops responded to shots fired at a home at 26 W. Market St., near the intersection of Mission Street and San Pedro Road, at around 5 a.m., according to Daly City Police Department Detective Albert Cisneros.
Officers who were in the area heard about five shots that penetrated a cinderblock wall outside, Cisneros said. No one was hit by the gunfire.
The police tried to enter the home, but Tostanoski allegedly refused to let them in, Cisneros said. What followed was a tense standoff that drew about a dozen SWAT team members, several pointing rifles at the home from the rooftop of a building across the street.
The couple finally surrendered just after 11 a.m.
They were “heavily intoxicated,” Wagstaffe said.
Authorities obtained a search warrant for the house and allegedly found a bevy of weaponry, including 23 guns — at least 12 that were illegal assault weapons — more than 10,000 rounds of ammunition, gun cleaning kits, targets, empty casings, kits to convert semi-automatic guns to automatic weapons, flash suppressors and detachable magazines on rifles, Wagstaffe said.
Most of the guns were found in the gun safe in the garage, he added.
Camilleri and Tostanoski remain in jail. Bail was set at $200,000 apiece.
They will next appear in court for preliminary hearing on March 8.