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Red Lake man charged with Thanksgiving Day crimes now charged in federal court

A 24-year-old felon from Red Lake was indicted Wednesday in federal court in St. Paul on a charge of possessing a .24 caliber rifle and a 9-millimeter pistol in July of 2010.

The indictment charges Fabian Wayne English with two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The indictment alleges that on July 21 English possessed a .24 caliber rifle, and that on July 22 he possessed a 9-millimeter pistol. Because he is a felon, English is prohibited under federal law from possessing a firearm or ammunition at any time.

English's prior felonies include a 2006 conviction in the District of Minnesota for assault resulting in serious bodily injury and a 2010 conviction in Becker County for fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

If convicted, English faces a potential maximum penalty of ten years in prison on each count. All sentences will be determined by a federal district court judge.

This case is the result of an investigation by the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Red Lake Tribal Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael A. Dees. This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, an initiative launched by the U.S. Justice Department in 2001 to promote a multi-jurisdictional, comprehensive approach to reducing gun crime in America.

A 24-year-old Red Lake man is in custody in Beltrami County Jail following his Nov. 25 arrest on state Highway 1 on the Red Lake Reservation.

English was charged Nov. 29 in Beltrami County District Court with three new felony counts: first-degree burglary with possession of a dangerous weapon; second-degree arson of a building valued at $1,000 or more; and fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle. He remains in the Beltrami County Jail with bail set at $175,000 on these charges.

Early in the morning of Nov. 25, a Turtle River Township resident awoke to see a Buick Electra on fire in his driveway. He also discovered that his 2001 Ford pickup had been stolen. Beltrami County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the arson and vehicle theft call.

According to the criminal complaint:

English stole the Ford pickup and drove to a nearby residence, where he broke into a detached garage and stole two firearms and other items. He put the guns and other items he had stolen from other area break-ins into a 2007 Chevrolet pickup at the burgled residence. He then set fire to the Ford pickup and drove away.

A deputy followed the tracks of the Ford pickup to the property where English was making his getaway in the stolen Chevrolet pickup with the stolen goods. The deputy saw the Chevrolet pickup drive through the yard to evade law enforcement. The deputy turned and chased English driving the Chevrolet pickup at speeds of more than 90 mph.

The pursuit lasted about two hours with Red Lake Police officers picking up the chase when English drove across the Red Lake Reservation line. Red Lake officers eventually cornered English on Highway 1 west of the village of Red Lake; English then tried to escape on foot. He was arrested after an exchange of gunfire, during which he was shot in the ankle. English was treated at North Country Regional Hospital.

Beltrami County deputies determined English had committed 10 thefts and burglaries in the Beltrami County area, as well as the theft of three motor vehicles.

The Red Lake Department of Public Safety, Beltrami County Sheriff's Office, Bemidji Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol and the U.S. Border Patrol assisted in the pursuit and follow-up investigation.