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    St. Paul twinkling alter boy felon gets busted with firearm....again

    How many felonies do you have to have before they actually keep you locked up?
    By Mara H. Gottfried | [email protected]
    April 21, 2016 | UPDATED: 2 days ago
    A man who allegedly tried to sell a handgun he claimed was used in the homicide at St. Paul’s Indian Mounds Regional Park was charged Thursday with two firearm-related crimes.
    After police officers saw Glen Dale Acon, 32, with a gun in his hand on a St. Paul street Tuesday afternoon, he fled and threw the weapon, according to a criminal complaint. After police arrested him, Acon reported the gun was used in the shooting at Mounds Park on Sunday night.
    The criminal charges don’t spell out whether Acon is suspected in the gang-related shootout, which killed 18-year-old Bobby Davion Collins and injured another man, and St. Paul police said their investigation is ongoing.
    Another recently filed court document sheds more light on the case.
    An application for a search warrant indicates that police are also investigating the man who was shot and injured in the park.
    Samuel Andrew McCormick, 24, ran to a vehicle after he was shot in the leg Sunday night, and he was seen pulling out a handgun and putting it in the center console, a St. Paul police officer wrote in an affidavit to obtain the warrant. A man drove McCormick to Regions Hospital for treatment.
    McCormick, who is ineligible to possess firearms because he is a felon, was arrested, according to the affidavit. The search warrant, which a judge granted, was to collect an oral DNA sample from McCormick; police also obtained a warrant to collect DNA from Acon.
    The violence at the park allegedly began with a confrontation over gang names, according to charges filed this week against three men. The Ramsey County attorney’s office charged Rayvion Brooks, 18, Rashawn Porter, 18, and Prince Williams, 24, with crime committed for the benefit of a gang, and Brooks and Williams with first-degree riot. Murder charges have yet to be filed in the case.
    No charges have been filed against McCormick, and he was released from the Ramsey County jail on Tuesday. He could not be reached for comment Thursday.
    McCormick denied possessing the firearm in the vehicle or “any involvement with the incident at the park, other than being present,” according to the affidavit. “McCormick told us he was on probation and knew he could not have firearms.” In 2011, McCormick was accused of firing at rival gang members outside the Rice Street Library and was sentenced to prison. No one was injured in that case.
    The charges against Acon filed Thursday are for possession of a firearm and ammunition by an ineligible person. A Minneapolis police officer received information from an informant that Acon was trying to sell a gun that Acon said was involved in the Mounds Park homicide, according to the criminal complaint.
    Officers located Acon in downtown St. Paul and followed him as he drove from the Ramsey County Human Services building to Thomas Avenue and Wheeler Street. Acon started running when officers approached.
    Officers saw a gun in Acon’s hand and yelled, “Gun. Gun. He’s got a gun,” according to the complaint. A police dog apprehended him. Police found a semiautomatic handgun on the sidewalk with a round in the chamber and at least eight more in the magazine, the complaint said.
    Acon’s last conviction was from a 2010 federal charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to the complaint. He is in ineligible to possess firearms because of a 2001 controlled-substance case, the complaint said.


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