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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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MARCH 25, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT CEASEFIRE


KC MAN CHARGED WITH ILLEGAL FIREARM

AFTER POINTING HANDGUN AT OFFICER,

ATTEMPTING TO FLEE


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was charged in federal court today with illegally possessing a firearm after allegedly pointing the pistol at a police officer while trying to flee during a traffic stop.


            Deshun L. Robinson, 25, of Kansas City, was charged in a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City with being a felon in possession of a firearm.


            According to an affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, Kansas City police officers conducted a traffic stop at approximately 3:20 p.m. Monday, March 24, near 53rd and South Benton when they observed a vehicle exceed the speed limit then fail to stop at a stop sign. While the officers were conducting the traffic stop, Robinson, a front-seat passenger in the vehicle, allegedly reached over with his left foot and pressed the accelerator, attempting to drive away from the officers. One of the officers entered the vehicle to force the passenger over and to stop the subjects from fleeing. The officer was able to reach over the driver and turn the vehicle off, the affidavit says, and continued to struggle with Robinson.


            During the struggle, Robinson allegedly pulled a Bryco by Jennings .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol from his pocket and pointed it at the police officer. The officer wrestled the handgun away from Robinson, the affidavit says, and the vehicle came to a stop after crashing into a pole.


            Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Robinson has prior felony convictions for sale of a controlled substance, tampering, possession of a controlled substance and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident.

 

            Wood cautioned that the charge contained in this complaint is simply an accusation, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charge must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


            This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Becker. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.


Project Ceasefire

            Project Ceasefire, launched in October 1999, is a cooperative initiative by federal and local law enforcement and the Kansas City Crime Commission that targets for federal prosecution persons who unlawfully use or possess firearms.


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