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Winona man charged with illegal possession of firearm following a carjacking incident

Winona man charged with illegal possession of firearm following a carjacking incident Photo: MN Dept. of Corrections.

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Updated: July 19, 2020 11:07 PM
Created: July 19, 2020 11:03 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- A Winona man has been charged with illegal possession of firearm following a carjacking incident in Minneapolis earlier this month.

The United States Attorney's Office, District of Minnesota, announced a criminal complaint charging Damarlo Marcelle West, 27 with one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. West made his first court appearance on Friday before Magistrate Judge Katherine M. Menendez in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

According to court documents, Minneapolis Police Department identified West as one of two people that committed an armed carjacking on July 9, 2020. On July 14, MPD officers were conducting surveillance when they saw West walk into a Minneapolis restaurant. When officers tried to apprehend West inside the restaurant, he failed to comply and began reaching into his waistband area, apparently trying to retrieve something. Officers struggled with West as they tried to remove his hand from a gun in his waistband. After West was taken into custody, officers recovered a loaded Sturm/Ruger, Model 9E, 9mm caliber, semi-automatic pistol from West's waistband. Because West has a prior felony conviction in Hennepin County, he is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition at any time.

Assistant U.S. Attorney David P. Steinkamp is prosecuting the case.


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