Two charged in separate Minneapolis gun assaults

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Two Minneapolis men made their initial court appearances this week for two separate shootings, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Wednesday.

Courvoisier Prewitt, 29, and Percy Jackson, 24, were arrested and charged based on the work of the team of Minneapolis Police investigators and a senior Hennepin County Attorney’s Office prosecutor announced by Mayor Betsy Hodges, Chief Janee Harteau and Freeman in November. The Violent Crimes Investigation Team was established to combat gun violence in Minneapolis.

Jackson was charged with second-degree assault and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. Monday, Bail was set at $100,000 and his next appearance is May 24.  Prewitt was charged with one count of first-degree assault and two counts of second-degree assault. His bail was set Monday at $20,000 and his next appearance is May 25.

“With the continuing problem of gun violence in our city, we are fulfilling our pledge to coordinate our efforts to arrest and prosecute the people who have no respect for human life,” Freeman said. “These are not the first, nor the last, cases by the Violent Crimes Investigation Team, but they are indicative of the work they are doing.”

According to the criminal complaint, on April 25, police were called to an apartment at 2640 Second Ave. S. There were numerous family members gathered there and one man was lying in a pool of blood.

There had been a longstanding feud between neighboring apartments and the victim lived in one and Prewitt was connected with people in the other apartment. That night, the two men again ran into each other and argued, with the victim retreating into his apartment, but this time Prewitt and three companions followed, the complaint states.

Witnesses said Prewitt pulled out a black handgun, pointed it at the victim’s face and a witness said he  heard a gunshot. When the victim fell to the floor, Prewitt and the three men continued to punch and kick him, before fleeing. Doctors reported the victim suffered multiple facial fractures and significant head injuries which will require continuing therapy, but no gunshot wounds, according to the complaint.

In Jackson’s case, police responded to shots fired at Hy’s Pawn and Jewelry Shop at 11th St. and Currie Avenue North on April 2 and found one discharged cartridge casing in the parking lot and witnesses provided descriptions of the shooter and the two cars which fled the lot after the shooting, the complaint states.

Police also received a call of a man with a gunshot wound to the arm at University of Minnesota Hospital. The victim told police he was in Hy’s parking lot when a man came up to him and offered to sell him marijuana. When the victim declined, Jackson pulled a gun from his waistband and fired a shot, hitting the victim in the arm. The victim figured Jackson was trying to kill him, so he quickly drove away, according to the complaint.

Video from surveillance cameras helped police identify Jackson as their suspect. However, he wasn’t arrested until April 28 when two bail bondsmen grabbed him at Hennepin Avenue and Lake Street on an outstanding warrant. When police arrived, they searched the car Jackson was in and located a loaded handgun under the driver’s dashboard. Jackson is prohibited from possessing a gun or ammunition because of two earlier drug and robbery convictions, according to the complaint.

Prewitt-Courvoisier-cplt (PDF)

Jackson-Percy-cplt (PDF)