In Benton Harbor, two men have been charged with robbery, brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, theft of firearms from a federal firearms licensee, and knowingly possessing stolen firearms. According to U.S. Attorney Mark Totten, Darnell Bishop and Dontrell Nance are the suspects in an alleged robbery at Dunham’s Sports where over 120 handguns were stolen.
The duo is accused of holding the store’s manager at gunpoint at his home, forcing him into handcuffs and a blindfold before kidnapping him. They then allegedly forced the manager to disclose the store’s security information and took his keys to rob the store. After the robbery, investigators found all but one of the stolen guns in homes and cars connected to Bishop and Nance. The two men were subsequently arrested.
Totten stated that this incident at Dunham’s Sports is a clear example of the illegal influx of guns into communities that is fueling the epidemic of gun violence. He emphasized the need to address this crisis and fully prove the case against Bishop and Nance. A federal criminal complaint has been filed against them, and if convicted, they could face up to life in prison.
This incident serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing issue of gun violence and efforts to combat it in Benton Harbor and across the nation.