A Kenyan man was on Monday charged in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with being in possession of an illegal firearm, which witnesses said he uses to threaten passers-by on Saturday.
Kevin Oscar Naholi, 40-year-old, on Monday appeared before U.S. District Court and was charged with being in possession a rifle. He was also found to be an undocumented immigrant.
Witnesses who spoke to Cedar Rapids police said that Naholi threatened people outside his house, 1607 11th Ave. SW, while holding a long gun.
The court ordered his detention without bond, pending grand jury indictment.
A charge sheet said that officers arrived at his house at about 6:45 p.m on Saturday ordered Naholi to come out of the house but he declined. He instead sent wife to talk with police.
Attempts by police to use his wife and son to lure him out of the house bore no fruits. It took over 11 hours until about 4:30 a.m. Sunday for Cedar Rapids Police Special Response Unit to forcefully access the house and eject him, the affidavit shows.
After carrying out a search in the house with the approval of Naholi’s wife, they found a .22 caliber Winchester rifle.
Court records show Naholi lawfully entered the United States in 2003 using a student visa but it was withdrawn in 2004 after he failed to enroll in school.
He was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and placed in removal proceedings. The proceedings were terminated in 2016 after Naholi committed to pursue becoming a naturalized citizen. The removal proceeding were again started in June this year.
If found guilty, Naholi could be handed a 10 year jail term.