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Minneapolis Man Charged With Illegally Possessing A Firearm

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Minnesota
Defendant has also been charged in Hennepin County with second-degree intentional murder and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced a criminal complaint charging ZACHARY VICTOR ROBINSON, 27, with one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. ROBINSON was arrested in Chicago, Illinois, on July 10, 2020, on a Minnesota state complaint-warrant for second-degree intentional murder. ROBINSON will make an initial appearance in U.S. District Court at a later date.

According to the allegations in the criminal complaint and law enforcement affidavit, on December 31, 2019, pursuant to an active arrest warrant, officers with the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) were conducting surveillance on ROBINSON. When MPD officers observed ROBINSON exit a residence in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, they moved in to make an arrest, ordering ROBINSON to put his hands in the air. ROBINSON complied and told the officers that he had a gun on his left side. After taking ROBINSON into custody, officers recovered a Taurus, model PT111 Millennium G2, 9mm semiautomatic pistol from ROBINSON’s side. Because ROBINSON has prior felony convictions, he is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition at any time.

ROBINSON has been charged by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office with second-degree intentional murder, second-degree assault, felon in possession of a gun, and first-degree riot. ROBINSON was arrested in Chicago on July 10, by the FBI, in partnership with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Cook County Sheriff’s Office, Chicago Police Department, and the Illinois State Police.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Minneapolis Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. This case was brought as part of the Twin Cities Violent Crime Task Force, a multi-agency effort that brings together additional federal and state resources to assist local law enforcement to investigate, arrest, and prosecute individuals responsible for gun violence in the Twin Cities. For more information about the Twin Cities Violent Crime Task Force, please visit

Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Bejar is prosecuting the case.

The charges contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


Defendant Information:


Minneapolis, Minn.


  • Felon in possession of a firearm, 1 count





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United States Attorney’s Office, District of Minnesota: (612) 664-5600


Updated July 13, 2020

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