TAMPA, Fla. – Meccos Donta Allen, 38, Tampa, was indicted on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm.
If convicted, Allen faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 15 years, and up to life, in federal prison.
Prosecutors alleged in court that on July 29, 2022, Allen confronted multiple citizens along Tampa’s Riverwalk. In one instance, Allen approached a couple sitting on a swing.
The couple departed, returning to their nearby residence, and Allen followed them and pointed a gun at them as they entered their complex. In a second incident, Allen confronted another couple that were sitting on a bench on the south end of Tampa’s Riverwalk.
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During this confrontation, Allen allegedly pointed his gun at one victim and groped another. Officers from the Tampa Police Department responded to the area and made contact with Allen, who fled on foot as the officers approached. While fleeing, Allen dropped a Glock pistol.
The indictment alleges that at the time of the incident, Allen had prior felony convictions for battery, delivery of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of cocaine with intent to deliver, and delivery of cocaine.
Therefore, he is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.