Ash felon charged with having firearm

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

An Ash man has been arrested on two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon.

David Raeford Tripp Jr., 41, was arrested at his Russtown Road residence in Ash on Friday night, May 3, after a joint investigation by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office investigative and vice narcotics units and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

In 1997, Tripp was convicted of felony child abuse resulting in serious injury in the case of his then girlfriend’s 15-month-old son. The infant suffered a fractured skull, legs and ribs, puncture wounds on his leg, multiple bruises on his face and head, and scalding water that disfigured his genitals.

Tripp is currently being held in the Brunswick County Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond.