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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Minnesota
Andrew M. Luger, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Ramsey Felon Indicted for Violent Carjacking, Firearms Violations

MINNEAPOLIS – A federal grand jury returned an indictment against a Ramsey man for an armed carjacking and possession of a firearm as a felon, announced U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger.

According to court documents, on June 4, 2022, Joshua Gunnar Olson, 31, armed with a Glock 19 9mm handgun, used force, violence, and intimidation to steal a black 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan from the vehicle’s owner. Olson has multiple prior felony convictions in Cass, Crow Wing, and Aitkin Counties and is therefore 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 August 1, 2022, before Magistrate 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 A. Polachek is prosecuting the case.

An indictment is merely an allegation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


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