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Three males charged in drive-by shootings

Joshua Dillon Finn, 18, of Alexandria, formerly of Bemidji, and Jesse Lafe Evans Jr., 20, of Park Rapids, were arraigned Monday afternoon on drive-by shooting and other charges.

Joshua Dillon Finn, 18, of Alexandria, formerly of Bemidji, and Jesse Lafe Evans Jr., 20, of Park Rapids, were arraigned Monday afternoon on drive-by shooting and other charges.

According to the court complaint, early Sunday morning, a Park Rapids police officer received a report of people shooting at CDs in the Wal-Mart parking lot.

Given a description of a dark colored Ford Explorer they were driving, the officer located them in Park Rapids.

Finn was driving the vehicle. A juvenile was in the front passenger seat and Evans was in the back.

The officer inquired as to the location of the gun and Evans said, "to be completely honest, the gun is behind the driver's seat in the pouch." The officer located the gun, a black Daisy Powerline BB handgun.

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While looking inside the vehicle for the gun, the officer observed a blue plastic case containing 20 Propel beverages and a white fluffy cover on the steering wheel. Both of these items were previously reported stolen from vehicles that had windows shot out at an apartment building in the city.

Other officers arrived to assist, searched the vehicle and located other items that had been previously reported as stolen from vehicles in the Park Rapids area. The officers also located a yellow case containing BBs and a baggie of BBs, both behind the passenger's seat.

Later, the officers found a second Daisy Powerline BB handgun. It was lying on the ground in the area where the first officer who responded located the vehicle.

Finn is charged with first degree criminal damage to property, drive-by shooting and possession of stolen property.

Evans is charged with first degree criminal damage to property and drive-by shooting.

The damage to property charge carries a maximum of five years in jail and/or a $10,000 fine. The drive-by shooting charge carries a maximum of three years and/or a $6,000 fine. Maximum on the crime of possession of stolen property is 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

Judge Paul Rasmussen set bail at $10,000 for Finn and $60,000 for Evans and ordered both to appear in court at 1 p.m. Monday, July 21.

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