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Student with arsenal is accused of 5 felonies

An Ethiopian-born college student amassing an arsenal of weapons has been charged with using a false identity number to buy some of his guns.

Kidus Chane Yohannes, 20, was arrested June 8 after his roommates told police he was building an arsenal, watching violent videotapes on the Internet and talking about how he would commit a mass murder, Orem police Lt. Douglas Edwards has said.

Yohannes, who attended Utah Valley State College, is a permanent U.S. resident who arrived from Ethiopia several years ago under a U.S. State Department asylum program.

He has been charged with four felony counts of using a false alien registration number to buy four guns. Another felony accuses him of unlawful acquisition or possession of a debit card, Deputy Utah County Attorney Laurence G. Probert said Wednesday.

Among Yohannes' gun purchases were two AK-47 assault weapons that were missing at the time of his arrest.

Court records show Yohannes was arrested twice before, last March and in 2005, on dangerous weapons violations, but the charges were dropped in plea bargains.

Richard Gale, a Utah County public defender assigned to represent Yohannes, was on vacation this week and unavailable for comment, his office said Wednesday.

Yohannes remains in jail in lieu of $250,000 (186,192 EUR) bail, according to the jail's Web site.

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