Man charged with possession of assault rifle, death threats


Tribune Staff Reporter


A MAN was sent to prison until the New Year after he was allegedly found with an assault rifle following a police-involved shooting near Grant Street over the holiday weekend. 

Magistrate Lennox Coleby charged Rodman Knowles, 25, with possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of ammunition and three counts of threats of harm.

Levan Johnson represented the accused.

When police responded to gunfire around Grant Street on December 23, they reportedly spotted a burgundy coloured Nissan Cube attempting to get away.

After stopping the car, the 38-year-old male driver allegedly engaged officers with an AR-15 assault rifle. Police then shot him. Authorities also seized twenty-seven rounds of .223 ammunition and the weapon.

During this incident, Knowles, who was a passenger at the time, allegedly threatened to kill PC Cordero McKinney, R/ASP Wakney Moss and Seaman Raynaldo Pinder.

The 38-year-old shooter was treated for his injuries in hospital.

After pleading not guilty to the charges, Knowles claimed that he had nothing to do with the incident as he was just released from prison.

His lawyer told the magistrate there was a discrepancy with his client’s case file because it listed his age as 24, not 25.

Prosecutor Sergeant Harvey objected to Knowles’ bail, citing his risk to public safety because he faces a pending murder charge in connection with the death of Bernard Ancestor on June 12, 2019. 

Ultimately, Magistrate Coleby delayed Knowles’ bail hearing until January 16, 2024, remanding the defendant to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services until then.

Knowles’ trial is set for February 27 and 28, 2024.

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