Five Providence men charged after selling over 80 illegal handguns statewide
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- Attorney General Peter F. Neronha announced on Thursday that five men have been charged with 38 different felonies after their involvement in a statewide firearms scheme.
Rashaan Mangum, 29, allegedly sold 89 firearms to ineligible buyers around the state. He had bought the guns legally, but then sold them to buyers who were prohibited from owning a gun, or those without the proper paperwork to do so.
Brady Robinson, 27, Yovaniell Sostre, 25, Anthony Jaiman, 28, and Wascar Rivas, 25, all allegedly assisted Mangum in the scheme.
Attorney General Neronha said that Mangum purchased dozens of handguns from June 2019 to August 2020. He used false information when he bought guns from locations across Providence, Woonsocket, Warwick, Cranston, and North Kingstown.
Mangum is being charged with the following:
- Three counts of carrying a pistol without a license.
- Eleven counts of providing false information to secure a firearm.
- One count of possession with intent to deliver marijuana.
- Six counts of conspiracy to sell a concealable weapon without proper paperwork.
- Three counts of conspiracy to sell a pistol to a prohibited person.
- two counts selling a concealable weapon without proper paperwork.
- Two counts of selling a pistol to a prohibited person.
- One count of dealing firearms with out a license.
- One count of filing a false police report.
Mangum, Robinson, and Rivas will be scheduled for arraignment in Providence County Superior Court at a future date. Jaiman was arraigned on Thursday afternoon in Providence County Superior Court. A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Sostre.
“We know that illegal firearms are a critical driving factor in violent crime in Rhode Island, which is why my Office and our partners in law enforcement have made a concerted effort to make these cases,” said Attorney General Neronha