For Immediate Release
Monday, November 5, 2018
, United States Attorney
Justin E. Herdman
Contact: Mike Tobin
Cleveland man arrested and charged with firearms violations
Columbus Field Division
A Cleveland man was arrested and charged with firearms violations in federal court.
Ahmed Williams, 37, was charged with one count of being a felon in possession of ammunition and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm. Williams possessed five .410 shotgun cartridges and a modified flare gun on Oct. 26, despite a previous conviction for attempted felonious assault.
Williams was arrested on Oct. 26 when he went to the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Rehabilitation Department, where his child was a patient. Williams told workers at the Cleveland Clinic that “people were out to kill him” and making unusual statements about the FBI, police officers and other topics, according to an affidavit filed in the case.
Williams denied having a firearm, but later said he had a firearm concealed in his pants. Cleveland Clinic police officers retrieved a HK Sig P2 flare fun as well as five .410 shotgun cartridges. Williams agreed to be transported to the Cleveland Clinic Emergency Department for an evaluation, according to the affidavit.
This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Cleveland Clinic Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert J. Patton.
If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation. In all cases the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than maximum.
A charge is only an allegation and not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.