Suspect in 12-hour Norfolk standoff appears in federal court

Posted at 1:36 PM, Dec 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-05 20:36:43-05

NORFOLK, Va. - Alpha Amin Kamara also known as "Juuce" was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals after a 12 hour standoff on W. 43rd Street and Killam Ave early Tuesday morning.

Alpha Amin Kamara

Tuesday afternoon he appeared in front of a Federal judge. He is being charged with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

In court papers showed Kamara has a lengthy criminal past. On May 31 he was arrested for possession of an illegal firearm, 1,300 grams of marijuana, scales, packaging materials and over $10,000 from his bedroom. Court papers say Kamara was not old enough to purchase a handgun from a Federal Firearms Licensee. Court documents also say he possessed marijuana with the intent to distribute.

Kamara was later released on bond. But, was later named a fugitive after his ankle monitor was later recovered.

“It was a big deal yesterday, just walking to class. I saw guys handcuffed to the curb and U.S. Marshals walking around,” said Danno Wernecke, neighbor and ODU student.

Officials say they found the fugitive in an attic, hiding underneath insulation.

“When you see a bunch of cops out there and a crime scene itself, you just want to know what’s going on for your safety," said Joel Ugochukwu, neighbor and ODU student.

U.S. Marshals also say they detained several other occupants of the residence, including one who tried to get away on foot.

Kamara is expected to have a preliminary detention hearing December 8 in Alexandria.


U.S. Marshals apprehend wanted fugitive after 12 hour standoff in Norfolk