Firm Partner and Minneapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Joe Tamburino was
recently interviewed by Pioneer Press to discuss a high profile case out
of Hennepin County and his pro bono representation of a local man who
helped Minneapolis police confiscate an arsenal of firearms and bomb-making
devices by. Two men were arrested in connection to the weapons after a
local man tipped off authorities. The man is being represented by Attorney
Tamburino in regard to a restraining order against the offenders.
The investigation began when a man walking in north Minneapolis encountered
a parked vehicle in which two men, who were brothers, has been littering.
After being confronted, the brothers, Majid Al Rifahe and Abdullah Al
Rifahe, exited their vehicle and threatened the man, indicating that they
had guns. Fortunately, a passing police patrol car stopped at the scene
as the man was calling 911, and later discovered a cache of weapons in
the vehicle. Police confiscated assault rifles, a hand grenade, handgun,
and substantial supply of ammunition. Law enforcement also discovered
electronic devices used for constructing bombs.
Both brothers were arrested at the scene. One for misdemeanor assault and
disorderly conduct, and the other for felony unlawful possession of a
pistol in public, his second of the same offense for which he was previously
convicted. Because the brother charged with misdemeanors had been released
from custody, he was able to return to the same neighborhood where the
arrest occurred. When he saw the man who had led to their arrest, he again
threatened him from his vehicle.
After hearing about the case, Attorney Tamburino reached out to the good
samaritan to represent him pro bono in his petition for an emergency protection
order. That order was recently issued by a Hennepin County Judge. According
to Attorney Tamburino, the man, who is 62-years-old, now fears for his
life. Fortunately, the protection order will provide some reassurance
that the men will not be able to have contact with him or be within a
certain distance of him or his home.
As the investigation continues, officials will be looking into why the
men had such an arsenal of firearms and bomb-making devices, and whether
they might have been working with any other local individuals. We are
proud that Attorney Tamburino took it upon himself to help the good citizen
in this case, who himself was helping keep our community safe.