Updated at 8:50 p.m. with new information from a police source.
ST. LOUIS • Two men have been indicted on weapons charges in federal court here for allegedly making straw purchases of two handguns at the Cabela’s sporting goods store in Hazelwood.
A police source says both men are affiliated with the New Black Panther Party and were taken into custody this morning.
The indictment was handed up Wednesday and unsealed today accusing Brandon Orlando Baldwin and Olajuwon Davis of making false statements to obtain firearms. The defendants’ ages and addresses were not made public.
According to the indictment, between Nov. 1 and 13, Baldwin, also known as Brandon Muhammad, and Olajuwon, also known as Olajuwon Ali and Brother Ali, acquired two Hi-Point .45 ACP pistols at the store, claiming that Baldwin was the buyer when, in fact, the weapons were intended for someone else.
Notices of sealed search warrants suggest federal agents searched three locations during their investigation. Those warrants were not made public and did not identify the person for whom the guns were allegedly being purchased or for what purpose.
It was not immediately known if the men were held or had posted bail.
The police source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said their arrests were part of ongoing investigation that has spanned several months.
Local and federal authorities executed search warrants at two residences, one in the 2500 block of Hampton in the city and the other in the 1500 block of Reale Avenue in north St. Louis County, the source said. The raids yielded information that both men had planned to obtain illegal weapons to do harm to law enforcement and the public.