Suspect faces 13 charges related to theft of gun

By: Brendan Losinski | Advertiser Times | Published October 4, 2018



HARPER WOODS — A 55-year-old Harper Woods man has been charged in relation to the theft of a handgun.

At 8 p.m. Oct. 1, Harper Woods Department of Public Safety officers were dispatched to 19430 Kenosha St., near Moross Road and Beaconsfield Street, after they received a report of a man walking in the street while carrying a gun. They reportedly were informed that he had fired it in the air at least one time.

Officers reportedly observed the man throw the gun on the ground as they approached him. Police said they immediately recovered the weapon.

Police arrested the man and said that they determined that the 9 mm semi-automatic pistol they found had been stolen from a vehicle parked at the nearby R Gang liquor store on Kelly Road. No injuries or damages were reported as a result of the shot fired in the air; police said they confirmed that one shot was fired in the air.

The suspect, whom police identified as Ivan Johnson, was arraigned on 13 counts Oct. 3 in 32-A District Court in front of Judge Daniel Palmer. The charges are one count of possession of a firearm by a felon, one count of possession of ammunition by a felon, one count of receiving and concealing a stolen firearm, one count of receiving and concealing stolen ammunition, one count of larceny of a firearm, one count of carrying a concealed pistol, and seven counts of felony firearm.

If convicted, Johnson could face up to 20 years in prison, police said. He has a preliminary examination scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Oct. 15. His bond was set at $20,000 cash.

No attorney had been appointed for Johnson as of Oct. 5.

Police detectives do not believe that Johnson has been involved in recent larcenies from motor vehicles that have occurred at night in Harper Woods.