Is Timberwolves' Malik Beasley facing felony charges? Here's why athlete and partner Montana Yao are due in court
Beasley had allegedly aimed a rifle at a couple and their teenage daughter in an SUV outside his Plymouth home
Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley and his partner Montana Yao are reportedly facing felony charges related to a late September incident. According to Star Tribune, Beasley had allegedly aimed a rifle at a couple and their teenage daughter in an SUV outside his Plymouth home, where a large stack of marijuana and other guns were held by police, according to charges filed on Thursday, October 29.
The 23-year-old athlete was charged in Hennepin County District Court with drug possession and threats of violence. Yao, an Instagram model, who shares a son with Beasley, was charged with a felony drug count. According to KSTP, a criminal complaint alleges that on September 26, at 3 pm, police were called to a home on the 18500 block of County Road 6 in Plymouth after they were reported about a man allegedly pointing an assault rifle at a family.
Upon the arrival of the officers, Beasley walked down the driveway yelling at them. Officers spoke to the victims who had alerted the police and said that they were on a Parade of Homes with their 13-year-old. They had pulled up to a roped-off entrance, and assumed that it was closed, and decided to look for another home to view.
The complaint further states that the victims heard a tapping on their window and saw Beasley allegedly pointing a firearm at them and asking them to get off his property. The victims were back on the road and saw the athlete pointing the rifle at them as they drove off. Later, in photo lineups, the victims identified Beasley as the assailant with the rifle.
The officers had got a search warrant to locate the rifle and when they entered the residence they began searching for marijuana because there was an overpowering odor coming from inside the house. And their search led them to find three firearms including one matching the description of the weapons used in the incident as well as 835 grams of marijuana.
Another search warrant was also obtained for surveillance camera footage and it showed Beasley grabbing the rifle from a mudroom closet at 2.50 pm and walked out of his garage. At 2.58 pm Beasley is seen re-entering the garage and placing the rifle back in the mudroom closet.
As per a Star Tribune report, Yao admitted that the marijuana was hers and that she purchased it from a medical marijuana store, but she could not provide that store's location or documentation.
The Timberwolves released a statement that read, "We are aware of the charges involving Malik Beasley. We take these allegations seriously and will let the legal process run its course." Defense attorneys Steve Haney and Ryan Pacyga issued a statement, as reported by Star Tribune, saying that "we are cooperating with the law enforcement investigation and will carefully review the discovery in the coming days." Beasley will make his first court appearance on November 19 and Yao will make hers on December 29.
The following is a statement from the @Timberwolves on Malik Beasley:— Timberwolves PR (@Twolves_PR) October 29, 2020
“We are aware of the charges involving Malik Beasley. We take these allegations seriously and will let the legal process run its course.”
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