Suspect charged after Newport robbery reportA Newport man was arrested on suspicion of a felony weapons violation following a reported armed robbery. The 28-year-old Newport man appeared in Washington County District Court Thursday, Nov. 29.
By: Scott Wente, South Washington County Bulletin
A Newport man was arrested on suspicion of a felony weapons violation following a reported armed robbery.
Prosecutors charged Jerome D. Misters, 28, with possessing or transporting a firearm after being convicted of a felony violent crime. He had an initial appearance in Washington County District Court on Thursday, Nov. 29.
The charge stems from a reported robbery in a Newport parking lot and subsequent arrest in Cottage Grove on Nov. 21.
According to the criminal complaint:
Newport police were called shortly after 5 p.m. Nov. 21 on a report that a person was held up with a gun in a parking lot at Hastings Avenue and 21st Street.
The alleged victim said the suspect had a gun and demanded a bag. The suspect then fled without taking anything from the victim, who was not injured.
Later that day a Cottage Grove police officer stopped a vehicle on Highway 61 and 80th Street because it matched a description of a vehicle used in a gasoline drive-off in Woodbury and the Newport robbery.
While the officer talked with the 23-year-old driver and the passenger, later identified as Misters, he saw an open beer bottle in the backseat and live ammunition rounds in the glove box. The driver’s 4-year-old child was in the backseat.
The complaint says that during a search of the vehicle police found a 9 mm handgun under the front passenger seat, 9 mm ammunition in the console and .357 pistol ammunition in the glove compartment.
Misters was convicted of aggravated first-degree robbery in November 2011.
Misters was being held in Washington County jail on $75,000 bail for the new charge.
Newport Police Chief Curt Montgomery said the robbery investigation was still active and additional criminal charges are possible.