7 Indicted On Federal Gun Charges

Arrests Part Of Violent Crime Initiative

Seven men have been indicted on federal gun charges as part of a continuing effort among multiple agencies to get violent criminals who continue to possess guns off the streets.

Those indictments stemmed from the Violent Crime Initiative of the U.S. attorney's office.

Carlos Ortiz, 22, of Indianapolis, faces federal charges of Hobbs Act robbery, brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Police said Ortiz brandished a handgun as he tried to rob an auto parts store in October 2011. His criminal background includes two felony robbery convictions from 2008.

Andre Williams, 40, was indicted on a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Police said Williams was found in possession of a pistol in October 2011. His criminal background includes several felony convictions, including those for robbery in 1991, possession of cocaine in 1998 and battery in 2007.

Raymond Barnes, 48, of Darlington, faces a federal charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Police said Barnes barricaded himself in his home in November 2011, trying to elude a warrant for his arrest. Barnes surrendered after a lengthy standoff, but police said they found a handgun in his possession. Barnes' criminal history includes prior felony convictions for resisting arrest in 2008 and 2010.

Thomas Behling II, 44, of Martinsville faces a federal charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Police said that Behling had several firearms, including a couple of rifles. His criminal background includes convictions for possession of cocaine, residential entry, theft, identity theft and domestic battery.

Brian Christie, 36, of New Castle, faces a federal charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Police said Christie was found with a pistol in December. His criminal history includes two felony convictions for theft and possession of marijuana.

Andre Wells, 23, of Bloomington, was indicted on a federal charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Police said Wells was found with a handgun and that his criminal background includes two theft convictions.

Eric Battle, 32, of Indianapolis, was charged Thursday with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Police said they found Battle with a handgun in February. His criminal past includes conviction on charges of receiving stolen parts and possession of marijuana.

The Violent Crime Initiative began in March 2011, increasing federal gun charges from 14 in 2010 to 103 in 2011.

Each man faces up to 10 years in prison, if convicted.

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