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Philadelphia man convicted of weapons charges
Thursday, September 26, 2013
BELLEFONTE - Michael Afuwape of Philadelphia was found guilty by the Honorable Pamela Ruest at a non-jury trial Tuesday for two counts of firearms not to be carried without a license (F3) and one count of terroristic threats (M1).
On April 21, State College police officers were dispatched to the 400 block of East College Avenue after the 911 center received a call about a man threatening to shoot another man. The four victims were walking toward McDonald's on Sowers Street when one victim brushed arms with Afuwape, who immediately turned around and started to walk in the direction of the victims. Afuwape started making threats toward the victim and lifted his shirt, exposing a 9mm pistol that was stuck in his waistband, stating, "Come back in this alley so I can shoot you."
Afuwape identified his pistol as a "Glock 17" and that it had "13 rounds." He also told the victims he had a license to carry the pistol. The victim stated Afuwape tried to lure him and his friends into the alley by use of threat. The four ran into McDonald's and approached a security officer inside, who called 911, as Afuwape left the area.
Later, Afuwape returned to McDonald's and the security officer again called 911 due to the nature of the initial allegations against him. When State College police responded a second time, they found Afuwape in the back of his car. Afuwape denied being involved in an altercation with the victims and denied having a gun. The police saw a Glock sticking out from underneath the front seat, near him. The pistol had 13 rounds of ammunition in its magazine and the magazine was inside the gun at the time. Afuwape did not have a license to carry a concealed weapon or carry a weapon in his vehicle.
Afuwape will be sentenced Nov. 7 at 9 a.m.
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