Roseville man charged in downtown shootings

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A Roseville man was charged with three counts of aggravated assault for a shooting in downtown Minneapolis, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Tuesday.

Besides the second-degree assault, Travion Jacoa Jones, 28, also was charged with a count of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. He is expected to make his first court appearance Wednesday and prosecutors will be asking for bail of $150,000. The county attorney’s office also said it will be asking for a higher sentence, if convicted, on the grounds that Jones’ actions represented a greater than normal danger to the safety of others and the offense was committed in a particularly serious way.

“If we cannot stop this senseless gunfire, we will at least use all of the tools available to us to try to send these shooters away for longer periods of time,” Freeman said.

About 2 a.m. Sunday, Jones fired shots in the parking adjacent to the Gay 90s club on Hennepin Avenue. A security guard and police chased after him and arrested Jones a short distance away, according to the complaint. They also found a gun he dropped while running.

Jones shoved a man in the parking lot and a security guard told Jones to leave the area. Eventually, the security guard sprayed mace at Jones, who then pulled out a gun and shot the guard and then shot several other times into a crowd of people, the complaint states. A woman was shot in the foot, the man who was shoved was shot in the wrist and the scrotum and the security guard had a bullet go through his shirt near his left armpit.

Criminal Complaint (PDF)