Following an argument with two males, a 24-year-old gang member drove his SUV into a crowd of patrons at a St. Paul pub, seriously injuring a 21-year-old woman. He was sentenced to almost six years in jail.
Jaqwan Lamar House, a resident of St. Paul, was found guilty on Monday of first-degree assault with serious bodily harm in connection with the incident at St. Paul Tap last autumn, which also resulted in House receiving a shoulder injury as he drove away.
House was given credit for six days previously served in detention before Ramsey County District Judge Kelly Olmstead sentenced him to 70 months in jail.
House was on probation at the time of the incident after being found guilty in January 2021 of having a firearm without a licence in July 2019. Additionally, he was facing two unresolved offenses from December 2020: carrying a weapon without a license and committing a crime while donning a bulletproof vest.
According to the criminal complaint, St. Paul police officers were called to the bar at 825 Jefferson Avenue on September 26 at around 8:45 p.m. after receiving a report of a gunshot and a car accident.
When they got there, they saw the woman sobbing in pain near the patio. Later, she was identified at Regions Hospital as having two fractured shin bones, additional shattered bones in her left leg, and facial fractures.
The argument between two groups about “East Side vs. West Side” is said to have started the incident, according to witnesses on the site.
The woman and the two males can be seen strolling across the parking lot toward the automobile in a surveillance video taken from an Uber vehicle. House plowed his black Mercedes-Benz SUV into the crowd. She landed up on the hood of the SUV. According to the complaint, the two males produced firearms and started firing at the SUV.
After being subsequently dropped off at Regions Hospital, House was found to have two gunshot wounds to the shoulder. House, who authorities claim is a member of the Ham Crazy gang, refused to provide an interview.
The Mercedes-Benz was discovered by police close to House’s St. Paul home. The SUV had a front fender that was damaged, handprints and smudges on the hood, and gunshot holes in both the driver’s and passenger’s side windows.
According to spokesperson Dennis Gerhardstein, no charges have been brought against the guys who fired shots at House outside the pub.
For having a firearm without a permission in 2019, House received two years of supervised probation in January 2021.
He entered a plea of guilty this past February to the 2020 allegation of having a gun without a permit, and the charge of committing an offense while donning a bulletproof vest was dropped. He received a sentence of 360 days in the Ramsey County Correctional Facility, which was later commuted to two years of probation and electronic home monitoring for 39 days.