Teen charged with possession of firearm

Davontae Wykeith Moore, 18, is charged in district court in Minot with Class C felony possession of a lost or misplaced firearm.

Moore was charged last week with Class C felony reckless endangerment for allegedly firing a gun multiple times at people in another car during a car chase and gun battle in northwest Minot on Feb. 28. According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court in the latest case, police had gone to arrest Moore in the reckless endangerment case at a local grocery store checkout on Aug. 5. The officers informed Moore that they had warrants for his arrest and Moore allegedly pulled away from them and tried to run and, when they caught him, reached in the direction of his waist.

Moore is alleged to have had a fully loaded firearm stuck into his waistband. The 9mm firearm had no serial number. The lower receiver was a P80 and the upper receiver was a Combat 19. It was fully loaded with a 30-round extended magazine with one round in the chamber, according to the affidavit filed with the court.

Police asked Moore where he obtained the firearm, since he is too young to purchase a firearm legally. Moore claimed he found the firearm on the side of the road, according to court documents.

Moore was also charged with Class A misdemeanor resisting arrest and Class A misdemeanor escape after he was arrested on Aug. 5 at the grocery store.

Moore made an initial appearance on the latest charge on Monday before Judge Doug Mattson. Ward County Assistant State’s Attorney Tiffany Sorgen told the judge she will be filing a motion to consolidate all of the cases against Moore, including the possession of a firearm charge. She said at the hearing that the firearm found was used in the incident in February. Sorgen said the officers who arrested Moore on Aug. 5 were shaken up and thought Moore was reaching for a gun.

“As I told Judge (Stacy) Louser last week, I’m considering him a menace to society,” said Sorgen. Louser set bond on the reckless endangerment charge at $50,000 cash or corporate surety.

On Monday, Moore told Judge Mattson that he thinks his bond in that case is too high and wants it reduced, said these are only allegations and he did not reach for a gun when he was arrested by the officers on Aug. 5.

Judge Mattson set bond on the possession of a firearm charge at $2,500 cash or corporate surety.

A preliminary hearing in the reckless endangerment case is scheduled for Sept. 16 before Judge Louser.


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