Ex-felon back in slammer after Facebook photo with guns
A convicted felon’s social media profile showing him with two handguns and a jailhouse phone call in which he said he owned a weapon has landed him in trouble with the law.
Denzel Biggs, 20, of Detroit, was arrested Wednesday and appeared in federal court after a criminal complaint stated that he was a convicted felon in violation of possessing a firearm, officials said.
Biggs was detained by U.S. Marshals and was expected to appear for a detention hearing Thursday, said Gina Balaya, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The office has 14 days to indict Biggs in the case, she said.
A criminal complaint was filed Tuesday in federal court.
The incident leading to the complaint began Aug. 20 when FBI Special Agent Vincente Ruiz said Biggs and another man, Darrius Oden, crossed the street at East Forest near Gratiot, causing traffic to slow.
A police officer observed a bulge in Oden’s waistband, and found a .40-caliber Smith and Wesson semiautomatic pistol, Ruiz wrote. Oden was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon and Biggs was arrested for an outstanding felony warrant for possession of a stolen vehicle, according to the complaint.
While in custody in the Macomb Count Jail, authorities said Biggs called a woman and said Oden was carrying his gun when they were arrested. According to the complaint, Biggs has a felony conviction for carrying a concealed weapon from 2012 and felony firearm in 2013. Biggs was sentenced to two years in prison and was released on July 9, 2015.
The Detroit Police Department Gang Intelligence Unit searched Facebook for Biggs and found a photo posted July 21 showing him pointing two handguns toward the camera, according to the complaint. On Aug. 2, his profile picture changed to show him holding two handguns.
On Tuesday, Special Agent Curtis Brunson of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said that based on the description of the firearm from the Aug. 20 incident, it was manufactured outside of Michigan after 1898 and affected interstate commerce. Biggs therefore was in violation of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.