So far this year, Minneapolis police officers have recovered more than 600 firearms in the city. Here are a couple of examples of where some of these guns were found.
According to charges filed recently in Hennepin County District Court, on Dec. 19, Minneapolis police officers searched a north Minneapolis home and found three “SKS 7.62 x .39mm assault rifles and a Luger .22 caliber semi-automatic handgun.” The man they arrested, 44-year-old Craig Alan Bell, “admitted to officers that he is a Black P Stones [sic] gang member.” Bell was charged with four counts of being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm.
And in other gun news: The Hennepin County Attorney recently charged 21-year-old Gerald Cepeda with “dangerous weapons on school property,” which is a felony. According to the charges, Cepeda and an unnamed woman walked into Jenny Lind School on Dec. 19 and were in there for 15 minutes. However, the woman says she didn’t know Cepeda was carrying a gun. The charges don’t say if anyone in the school knew about the gun. Cepeda and the woman were stopped by police after they left the school while the officers were responding to a suspicious person call. Police say Cepeda “started grabbing at his waistline of his pant, pulling it up and to the side.” The officer “unholstered his weapon” and ordered Cepeda to place his hands on the squad car. Police say they found a handgun in his right pants pocket.