Last Updated on February 17, 2022
Daunte Wright, the 20-year-old man whose death at the hands of police set off nationwide race riots over the weekend, had a warrant out for his arrest due to a weapons charge, and recently appeared in court for attempted aggravated robbery charges, and reportedly repeatedly choked a woman at gunpoint in an effort to make her give him $820 in cash according to a report from the Daily Mail.
Wright died when a female police officer mistook her service pistol for a Taser and shot him as he was resisting arrest.
The Daily Mail reported Tuesday that Wright was detained due to expired license plates, not because of “air freshener” as his mother and BLM activists have claimed. Furthermore, Wright had recently appeared in court for warrant issued on his name for charges of attempted aggravated robbery, after allegedly demanding $820 in rent money from a woman at gunpoint. He was also wanted due to a weapons charge at the time of the botched arrest.
According to the police report filed by Officer Shane Mikkelson, Wright was walking the female victim to the door when he “pulled a black handgun with silver trim out from either his right waistband or his right coat pocket and pointed it at victim and demanded the rent money.”
Wright can be seen displaying a black handgun with silver trim in an Instagram video taken shortly before his death.
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According to the police report, Wright told the victim “Give me the f**king money, I know you have it,” and “I’m not playing around.”
“The $820 cash was tucked in the victim’s bra and defendant Wright placed his hand around victim’s neck and choked her while trying to pull the cash from under her bra,” the report continues, noting that Wright then allegedly threatened to shoot the victim if she did not give him the money.
Ultimately, Wright and an accomplice were reportedly unable to obtain the money and fled in a white Cadillac.
Wright’s death at the hands of police, just minutes from the death location of George Floyd, has unleashed a new series of violent riots across the United States.
This article has been updated to reflect that Wright was wanted for a separate charge, and recently attended court over his aggravated robbery charge. He was wanted at the time of the botched arrest, and in fact, National File did not know of the additional charge at the time of publication.