St. Louis, MO (STL.News) – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that the first federal indictment obtained by a Special Assistant United States Attorney (SAUSA) under the Safer Streets Initiative was handed down in St. Louis. One of five Assistant Attorneys General deputized as SAUSAs as part of the Safer Streets Initiative in St. Louis secured the indictment on June 6, 2019, and the indictment recently was unsealed.
On June 6, 2019, a federal grand jury indicted Hashiem Thomas with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon. The indictment alleges that, on April 23, 2019, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department officers located a pistol and ammunition in Thomas’ possession.
Jennifer Szczucinski is the SAUSA handling the case.
“I’m proud of the amount of progress the Attorney General’s Office has achieved in implementing the Safer Streets Initiative, and I look forward to continuing to work with our federal partners to combat violent crime in St. Louis and across the state,” said Attorney General Schmitt.
Attorney General Schmitt, along with U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri Jeff Jensen, launched the Safer Streets Initiative in St. Louis. The Safer Streets Initiative was then expanded to Kansas City and Springfield in cooperation with U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri Tim Garrison.
All persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Criminal charges are not evidence of a crime.