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Grand jury indicts man with prior convictions in Aitkin, Cass and Crow Wing counties for carjacking

He is charged with one count of carjacking, one count of possessing a firearm as a felon, and one count of brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

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MINNEAPOLIS – A federal grand jury returned an indictment Tuesday, Aug. 2, against a Ramsey man for an armed carjacking and possession of a firearm as a felon.

According to court documents, on June 4, Joshua Gunnar Olson, 31, armed with a 9 mm handgun used force, violence and intimidation to steal a black 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan from the vehicle’s owner in Anoka.

Olson has multiple prior felony convictions in Cass, Crow Wing, and Aitkin counties and is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition at any time.

Olson is charged with one count of carjacking, one count of possessing a firearm as a felon, and one count of brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

He made his initial appearance in U.S. District Court on Aug. 1, before Judge John Docherty.


This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Minnesota State Patrol, the Anoka Police Department, the Ramsey Police Department, the Elk River Police Department, the Champlin Police Department, the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office, and the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Emily Polachek is prosecuting the case.

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