Gino R. McKinnie

Gino R. McKinnie

Law enforcement officers sought out and arrested a man accused of robbing an Ozark residence and threatening his former high school classmates with a gun.

Gono R. McKinnie, 22, failed to appear for a court hearing in Ozark on April 10. Christian County Circuit Judge Jennifer Growcock issued a warrant for McKinnie’s arrest. The warrant stemmed from Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Timothy McDonald making a motion to revoke McKinnie’s $500,000 bond and defense attorney Stuart Huffman motioning to withdraw from representing McKinnie in his case.

Police arrested McKinnie in Springfield later that day.

McKinnie was first arrested by Ozark police in November 2016. He was 19 at the time he was accused of breaking into a home, stealing $150 and threatening three persons with a handgun. McKinnie is charged with first degree robbery, two counts of first degree assault and three counts of armed criminal action.

According to a probable cause statement, McKinnie allegedly broke into a residence on Petrus Circle, located off of North 22nd Street, and physically assaulted two of the three residents.

“McKinnie also pointed a handgun at each of the three residents,” the statement says. “Further, while in the home, McKinnie took approximately $150 in cash.”

Following a 911 call and police response to the home, one of the residents told officers he was asleep on the downstairs couch when his roommate came home. The man said he woke up as his roommate began “screaming for him.” The man said he woke up and saw McKinnie standing over his roommate. The man told police McKinnie was wearing a white hoodie with the hood up and tied tightly around his face so all he could see was “the suspect’s eyes and the area around the eyes.”

“(The victim) said he knew right off who the suspect was,” the statement says. “(The victim) said he had been hanging out with the girlfriend of Gino McKinnie … said they are only friends, but he knew right away McKinnie’s voice. (The victims) all know McKinnie from high school, as they all attended together.”

According to the statement, witnesses told police McKinnie holding a stainless, short-barreled revolver. McKinnie allegedly asked if there were any other residents and they said their other roommate was sleeping upstairs. McKinnie allegedly asked them to go upstairs while he followed them, holding them at gunpoint the entire time.

“Once upstairs, McKinnie punched both (victims) in the face, knocking (one of them) to the ground,” the statement says. “McKinnie also woke up the other roommate.”

One of the residents said McKinnie began tapping him on the forehead with the barrel of the gun, and said “You know who I am.” The man allegedly responded, “Yes, I do.”

“McKinnie then removed his hoodie from his head and face,” the statement says.

McKinnie is accused of using the revolver in an act of Russian roulette with the residents.

“McKinnie then unloaded the gun into his hand, pulled one shell from his open hand and loaded a single round into the revolver,” the probable cause statement says. “He then pointed the gun at (one of the victims) and pulled the trigger. (The victim) thought he pulled the trigger two times at him and two times at (another victim). He then told (them) he only had one more time to ask before the gun was going to go off.”

According to the statement, one of the victims said he would show McKinnie where their money was.

“He then told each of them, ‘I know where your families live, do not call the police,’” the statement says. “McKinnie ran out the back door of the residence, where he discarded their cell phones on the grass.”

One of the victims was transported to the hospital and reportedly suffered a broken ear drum from allegedly being struck by McKinnie.

The probable cause statement says police later arrested and questioned McKinnie, who denied being at the home or knowing where the victims lived.

McKinnie, however, admitted he texted one of the victims after finding out the victim spent time with McKinnie’s girlfriend. The text was sent Nov. 21 and said “I’m beating your (expletive) when I see you. On sight (expletive).”

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