Police: Wanted man, 23, arrested after firing rifle “in direction of police” during protests

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INDIANAPOLIS – Police arrested a 23-year-old man and slapped him with federal firearms charges this week.

This, after he allegedly fired an AR-15-style rifle during downtown protests and riots Saturday.

Antonio Wooden

On Wednesday, Antonio Wooden was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a fugitive, and unlawful possession of a firearm by an unlawful user of a controlled substance.

Now he’s facing up to 10 years behind bars, three years of supervised release, and a maximum fine of $250,000.

Antonio Wooden
Antonio Wooden

“IMPD investigators located a video which shows Wooden raising a rifle, pointing the rifle in the direction of IMPD officers in the area of N Pennsylvania Ave and Market St., and firing at least one round.

Wooden then lowered the rifle and moved farther east towards the IMPD Officers on Market St.

Before the video ended, more gun shots can be heard,” said a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Indianapolis.

Turns out he was wanted.

“Further investigation determined that Wooden has an active arrest warrant issued from the State of Ohio for Failure to Appear to face a charge of Drug Abuse, which was issued in Mason Municipal Court on May 12, 2020.

Wooden was convicted of Battery Resulting in Bodily Injury in Marion County (Indiana) Superior Court on August 22, 2019 and is currently on probation in that case.

Wooden also has an outstanding Protective Order against him.”

Here’s how they caught him, according to the release:

“On June 2, 2020, Wooden was arrested by IMPD a short distance from his residence during a traffic stop.

A search warrant was also served at Wooden’s residence at 7311 E 19th St. Detectives located Wooden’s American Tactical .223 caliber rifle, a small amount of marijuana, along with sixty (60) live .223 rounds and two rifle magazines.

They also located the goggles and distinct face mask that Wooden had on his person the night of the protest/riots.”

Earlier on Wednesday, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police said he was arrested for pointing a gun at residents and police officers during the protests over the weekend.

They referred to pictures and videos shared on social media of him aiming the firearm during the protests downtown, and said that tips lead to Wooden’s arrest on Tuesday.

They said that they recovered the firearm he used.

Saint Louis rioters released from jail. Why? Because city prosecutors didn’t charge them.

ST. LOUIS, MO.- In the early morning hours of Tuesday, Retired St. Louis police captain David Dorn, 77, was gunned down in cold blood by “protesters” in that city while responding to an alarm at a pawnshop.

Captain Dorn was hired by the pawnshop to provide security. He was gunned down in front of the store, and his death was streamed on Facebook live.

Dorn lay dying, and these people were recording him breathing his last. He was a father of five, with 10 grandchildren.

On Wednesday, the thugs who gunned down David Dorn were empowered more than they already have been by complicit governors and mayors when St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner did not charge anyone arrested by the St. Louis Police Department and they have all been released. KSDK-5 reported that Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt reported that news.

“To see that kind of level of violence and rioting that went on, police officers being shot and shot at, a retired police captain being murdered, people throwing rocks and gasoline and frozen water bottles at police officers, firefighters being assaulted and blocked from doing their job, businesses that have served the community for years being burned to the ground, it’s unfathomable that every single person arrested that night has been released,” Schmitt said. “It’s stunning.”

Still, Schmitt said that he would “do all he can” to prosecute those who were arrested and bring them to justice.

In total, SLPD arrested 36 people from Sunday to Tuesday, with 25 of those being arrested during the riots that broke out late Monday into early Tuesday morning.

Those riots led to four police officers being shot. Among the charges those criminals were arrested for included both misdemeanors, as well as felonies, including burglaries, property damage, assault, interfering with arrest, stealing and trespassing and unlawful use of a weapon.

Those arrested ranged in age from 17 to 36, but the majority were in their teens and 20’s.

Gardner was one of a number of District Attorneys who have been beneficiaries of George Soros funded campaigns. Others include Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner and Suffolk County (MA) District Attorney Rachael Rollins, both of whom have earned reputations as soft-on-crime, pro-criminal DA’s. 

St. Louis police said that only two out of the 36 arrests resulted in a court summons, which left the remaining 34 under so-called “Pending Application of Warrant” or “Refused” for police follow up status.

According to a spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office, eight suspects were released when prosecutors refused to immediately file charges, while the remainder were released while police apply for charges, said Michelle Woodling in an email.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch said that Gardner’s spokeswoman, Allison Hawk in an email said that the police department only sought charges in “a few” cases of stealing during looting, and noted that prosecutors declined charges because they needed further investigations. “In an effort to hold the offenders accountable, we need essential evidence from the police. These matters remain under investigation,” she said.

Schmitt, a Republican took his criticism to Twitter on Wednesday to slam Gardner, a Democrat, blaming her for releasing the criminals.

“In a stunning development, our office has learned that every single one of the St. Louis looters and rioters arrested were released back onto the streets by local prosecutor Kim Gardner,” he tweeted, posting a video which showed a burning vehicle on city streets, with gunshots audible in the background.

A spokesman for Schmitt, Chris Nuelle, said in an email, “The Circuit Attorney’s Office is the only entity that can hold arrestees for longer than 24 hours—they did not do so in these instances, and those arrestees were released.”

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St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson said that her office is working with the Circuit Attorney’s office, as well as circuit judges to keep the arrested criminals locked up.

“It’s important to not send them right back out on the street and I know some of that has been happening,” Krewson said. “So that is not something that is in control of the mayor’s office, or frankly, the police department who work extremely hard to make these arrests and deserve for people to be held so they’re not right back out there doing the same thing.”

Wednesday afternoon, the Circuit Attorney’s office tweeted: “Public safety in the city of St. Louis is critical. A few cases involving stealing from the looting incidents were referred to our office. In an effort to hold the offenders accountable, we need essential evidence from the police. These matters remain under investigation.”

According to Missouri law, a person must be released within 24 hours if they are not charged with a crime. However, Schmitt’s spokesman said that Gardner’s office does have up to three years to charge people with these crimes.

“There is the chance she could issue them, but they could riot and loot tonight even if she charges them later because they were released,” he said. He complained that by releasing these miscreants, it sends the wrong message.

“It emboldens them,” he said. “There have to be consequences to that and we’re just not seeing that from the local prosecutor.”

Ina press conference on Tuesday, Gardner gave the appearance that she was going to be tough on offenders, saying that she would “use the full power of the law” to prosecute those involved in the city’s riots.

“What happened last night was not about nonviolent protests, what happened was a small group of individuals chose to benefit off of the pain and suffering of our community and use it as an excuse to…engage in senseless violence,” she said. “I will continue to uphold the rights to peacefully protest, but I want to be clear. I will use the full power of the law and my officer (sic) to prosecute and hold accountable anyone who murders police officers, shoots at police officers or harms anyone in my community.

“These people who commit these heinous acts are not interested in finding solutions to intractable racism at the heart of the protests, but they’re using this opportunity to cause chaos to everyone. Understand that you will be held responsible for these senseless acts of violence.”

“Actions speak louder than words.” That is what Schmitt said, noting that he had heard Gardner’s words. “People who were throwing rocks at cops were released, people who knocked out the windows to a deputy sheriff’s van were released.

“It’s an unbelievable situation. And this is on top of the releases from jail for COVID-19. This stuff adds up.”

Meanwhile, the gutless cowards who killed Captain Dorn have not been found as of yet. If they are hopefully Gardner keeps them locked up. We wouldn’t bet on it.


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