The husband of California mother-of-three Maya Millete, who has been missing for four months, has been slapped with a temporary gun violence restraining order in connection with his massive arsenal of firearms, most of which police said were illegal.
The order barring Larry Millete from possessing or buying guns, ammunition or magazines, was issued on May 5, two days before the Chula Vista Police Department executed a search warrant at the family’s home.
Maya Millete, a mother-of-three, was last seen at home on January 7, when she made an appointment with a divorce lawyer. She has not been seen since and was reported missing three days later.
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Larry Millete (left), the husband of missing California mom Maya Millete (right), has been issued with a temporary gun violence restraining order following a discovery of a cache of weapons at his home
During a search at the couple’s Chula Vista home on May 7, police were seen removing long boxes that could be used to store long guns
Officers were seen removing boxes of ammunition. It is unclear how many guns they have seized
According to court documents obtained by NBC7, the restraining order against Larry was issued a week after a police officer was emailed a photo, taken in January 2020, showing his 4-year-old son standing on a kitchen counter surrounded by 16 guns, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, four US passports and a government ID.
‘The child had immediate access to the illegal assault weapons and the 14 other firearms and ammunition, creating a potential extreme danger to the child and those physically present at the home,’ the document states.
Officials said that Larry owned an arsenal of 22 weapons, including seven AR-15s and three shotguns, of which only eight were legally registered to him.
When police searched the Millete residence in January in connection with Maya’s disappearance, her husband was said to have told officers that he knew they were coming for his guns and gave multiple firearms to friends. He then refused to name those in possession of his guns.
According to the order, only eight of the 22 guns in Millete’s possession were legally owned
By the time the restraining order was issued, police had recovered only two semi-automatic weapons belonging to Larry Millete.
During last week’s search at the Millete home, officers were seen removing boxes of ammunition, a gun bag and several long boxes that could be used to store long guns. It is unclear at this time how many, if any, of the 22 firearms listed in the restraining order remain missing.
Following the January search, Larry allegedly purchased two more guns. Now, he has been ordered by a judge to turn over any firearms in his possession pending a court hearing that is scheduled for next month.
In a message to ABC10, Larry insisted that he has done nothing wrong.
‘All of my firearms were purchased legally. I am a law abiding citizen and veteran. My rights have been violated numerous times,’ he stated. ‘I have shown no aggression or pose no risk that would prohibit me to [sic] owning or possessing firearms. It’s out constitutional right as Americans.’
Maya Millete, a mom-of-three, went missing on January 7 and she was reported missing three days later
Larry has not been named a suspect in connection with the disappearance of his wife of 21 years, but he retained an attorney and has stopped cooperating with the investigating into the missing person case.
Meanwhile, volunteers continue to scour the region in search of Maya, who has not been seen or heard from in four months.
Police have conducted 56 interviews so far and reviewed at least 55 tips in relation to her disappearance. They also have executed 23 search warrants between late January and early May.
Family members revealed the couple’s marriage had been unraveling and that Maya was preparing to file for divorce.
In April, it emerged that Maya had shared a post in a Facebook group for mothers on the same day she vanished claiming she was seeking advice on a local family law firm on behalf of ‘a friend.’
‘Asking for a friend – Has anyone used or have gone through the services of collaborative practice San Diego for divorce? Looking for insights? Positive/negative aspect?’ she wrote, Fox News reported.
She eventually made an appointment with divorce lawyer Marisa Nahale for the following week, but went missing before they could meet.
Maya’s older sister Maricris Drouaillet told Fox News her sibling had been considering leaving her husband over the last year.
Maya vanished just days before she was due to meet with a divorce lawyer to discuss leaving her husband Larry. She was reported missing on January 10
Larry has not been named a suspect but has hired an attorney and refused to cooperate with the police
‘I think she was ready in December, and then she finally decided to file that divorce that day,’ she said.
Maya’s family are convinced Larry is behind her disappearance. In the days before her last sighting, they say she told them: ‘If anything happens to me, it’s Larry.’
Larry has not been arrested or charged with any crime.
Maya is described as being 5’2′ and 105lbs with brown hair. She has tattoos of musical notes on her clavicle and a tattoo of a hummingbird on her back.