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Phillips 66 Store Clerk Indicted on Gun Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Missouri

St. Louis, MO – Taleb Jawher was charged today in an Indictment with being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm.


The charge results from events that occurred on September 26, 2017.  Jawher, a clerk at the Phillips 66 store at 2800 N. Florissant, was involved in an altercation with a customer he wrongly suspected of shoplifting.  Jawher retrieved a handgun and in a scuffle the customer was shot and killed.  Jawher was previously charged by the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office with first degree murder and armed criminal action due to the death of the customer.


Jawher, 39, of St. Louis, Missouri, was indicted by a federal grand jury today on one felony count of being an illegal alien possessing the firearm involved.


If convicted, Jawher faces up to 10 years imprisonment, a fine of $250,000 or both.  In determining the actual sentences, a Judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges.


This case was investigated by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  Assistant United States Attorney John Ware is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney's Office.


As is always the case, charges set forth in an indictment are merely accusations and do not constitute proof of guilt.  Every defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty. 

Updated November 16, 2017

Firearms Offenses