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Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley and wife face felony charges

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley (5) dribbles past New Orleans Pelicans forward Derrick Favors (22), near Pelicans guard E'Twaun Moore (55) and forward Zion Williamson (1) during the first half. Photo: AP/Matthew Hinton. Minnesota Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley (5) dribbles past New Orleans Pelicans forward Derrick Favors (22), near Pelicans guard E'Twaun Moore (55) and forward Zion Williamson (1) during the first half.

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Updated: October 29, 2020 01:34 PM
Created: October 29, 2020 11:20 AM

Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley and his wife Montana Yao face felony charges relating to a late Sept. incident.

According to a release from the Hennepin County Attorney's Office, Beasley and Yao, both 23 years old, face fifth-degree drug possession charges. Beasley also faces a charge of felony threats of violence.

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A criminal complaint alleges that at 3 p.m. on Sept. 26, police were sent to a home on the 18500 block of County Road 6 in Plymouth on the report of a man pointing an assault rifle at a family. 

When officers arrived, Beasley walked down the driveway yelling at them. Officers spoke with the victims who had contacted the police and said that they were on a Parade of Homes with their 13-year-old when they pulled up to a roped-off entrance, assumed it was closed, and decided to look for another home to view.

The victims say that they were on the shoulder of the road in front of a roped-off house at the time of the incident. 

The complaint goes on to say that the victims heard a tapping on their window and saw Beasley pointing a firearm at them and telling them to get off his property. The victims then got back on the road and saw Beasley pointing the rifle at them as they drove off. 

In subsequent photo lineups, the victims identified Beasley as the assailant with the rifle. 

Officers obtained a search warrant to locate the rifle and upon entering the residence began searching for marijuana given that there was an overwhelming odor coming from inside the house. 

During the search, officers found three firearms including one matching the description of the weapons used in the incident as well as 835 grams of marijuana. 

A search warrant was also obtained for surveillance camera footage which was obtained by officers and showed Beasley grabbing the rifle from a mudroom closet at 2:50 p.m. and walking out of his garage. At 2:58 p.m. Beasley is shown re-entering the garage and placing the rifle back in the mudroom closet. 

When interviewed, Yao admitted the marijuana was hers and that she purchased it from a medical marijuana store, she could not provide that store's location or documentation indicating she could have medical marijuana.

A statement from Beasley's attornies reads, "We are cooperating with the law enforcement investigation and will carefully review the discovery and charges in the coming days."

The Timberwolves also gave a statement on the situation, "we are aware of the charges involving Malik Beasley. We take these allegations seriously and will let the legal process run its course." 

Beasley will make his first court appearance on Nov. 19 and Yao will make hers on Dec. 29.


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