Memphis Woman Facing Federal Charges for Assault on United States Secret Service Agents and Employees
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Tennessee
Memphis, TN – A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging a Memphis woman with assault on a government officer or employee and for discharging a firearm during that offense. Raven Jones, 41, is facing federal charges alleging that she assaulted federal officers during an altercation at the United States Secret Service field office in Memphis.
According to a previously sealed complaint, on October 19, 2023, Jones is alleged to have approached the entrance door of the field office while using her cell phone to livestream on Facebook. The door was clearly marked as entry to the United States Secret Service offices and Jones arrived during normal business hours on a workday; the office was staffed with agents, task force officers, administrative staff, and visitors.
Jones allegedly then produced a 9mm handgun and fired a single shot into the wall next to the doorway, placed the weapon on the floor, and raised her hands above her head. Federal officers entered the hallway and detained Jones.
The case is the product of an investigation by the U.S. Secret Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney J. William Crow of the National Security and Civil Rights Unit is prosecuting the case.
If convicted, Jones faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in federal prison for the firearms charge and a maximum statutory penalty of life imprisonment along with a $250,000 fine. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which consider several variables. The charges are only allegations; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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Updated November 16, 2023