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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Minnesota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 19, 2021

Minneapolis Man Pleads Guilty to Possession of a Stolen Firearm

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A Minneapolis man pleaded guilty today to possession of a stolen firearm, announced Acting U.S. Attorney W. Anders Folk.

According to court documents, on August 20, 2020, officers with the Minneapolis Police Department responded to shots fired at a Taco Bell on Broadway Avenue in Minneapolis. Upon arrival, officers observed several individuals and vehicles fleeing the scene. Officers observed one of the vehicles, a white Chevy Impala driven by Wesley Rayvon Johnson, 29, speed through residential streets before entering the eastbound lanes of I-94, traveling westbound. Johnson exited onto Highway 252, again traveling in the wrong direction, before crashing into another vehicle. Johnson exited the Chevy Impala and threw a firearm into a storm drain. Officers were able to remove the grate from the storm drain and recover a Glock 23 Gen. 4, .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol, which had previously been reported stolen. Johnson admitted that he knew the firearm was likely stolen because he bought it on the street without filling out any paperwork. Johnson is also a convicted felon and is therefore prohibited from possessing firearms.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), the Minneapolis Police Department and Metro Transit.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Amber M. Brennan.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime
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Updated July 19, 2021