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Police: Man attempted to sell guns in Woodbury store parking lot

A convicted felon from St. Paul was arrested last month after allegedly attempting to sell guns out of his car at a Woodbury business.

Richard A. Woods, 28, was charged Nov. 17 with one count of felony firearms possession. The state prohibits people convicted of violent crimes from possessing firearms. Woods had been convicted in 2003 of a third-degree drug crime, which the state considers a crime of violence.

Police were alerted to Woods' presence Nov. 16 in the Gander Mountain parking lot on Hudson Road after a report of a man trying to sell guns there.

Woodbury police met with a St. Paul officer who had been at the location on an investigation and had placed Woods in custody. While in the store, the uniformed St. Paul officer was told by store employees that customers had told them of a man trying to sell guns in the parking lot.

The St. Paul officer called Woodbury police for assistance and approached Woods, who was spotted standing next to a vehicle in the parking lot.

Asked what he was doing, Woods told the officer he had just bought a gun holster in the store and was talking to a friend. The officer checked Woods' identification, which turned up a probable cause-arrest directive out of St. Paul.

A search of his vehicle turned up a loaded .357 magnum handgun mounted with a scope.

Afterward, police spoke with a Gander Mountain employee, who said Woods bought a shoulder holster for a .357 magnum, which Woods told him was in his car. The employee also said he had been stopped by a customer who reported Woods approached him, telling him he had guns for sale that were not stolen.

Woods was released from Washington County jail Nov. 21 on a $50,000 bond.

In addition to the 2003 drug crime, Woods' prior convictions include a 2006 drug conviction and a 2006 conviction for unlawful possession of a firearm.

Woods' next court hearing is Dec. 22.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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