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Florida man arrested in St. Paul charged with illegal possession of firearm

Florida man arrested in St. Paul charged with illegal possession of firearm Photo: Photo: U.S. Attorney's Office

Updated: December 11, 2019 05:49 PM

A Florida man who was arrested in St. Paul has been charged with a federal indictment of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Wednesday that St. Paul Police officers responded to an apartment complex on Concordia Avenue in St. Paul on Nov. 9 on a report of a man pacing back and forth holding a gun with a green laser sight.

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When officers arrived, they saw a man, later identified as Raivon Treyshan Balenger, 28, standing alone next to the apartment building. Balenger began to run when one officer turned on his spotlight, court documents say.

The officers pursued him and were able to apprehend Balenger, who had in his back pocket a Smith & Wesson Model M&P Shield .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol with a green laser sight attached to it.

The firearm had been reported stolen from Oakdale, according to the attorney's office.

Balenger has multiple prior felony convictions in Ramsey County and is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms at any time.

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