Authorities have charged a convicted felon with possessing a firearm based on video footage investigators claim shows the Front Royal man holding a gun.
A Warren County grand jury handed up an indictment in Circuit Court on Monday charging Marquise Noah Cameron with possession of a firearm on July 18 by someone previously convicted of a felony. Cameron, 19, of 1314 Madison Ave., Front Royal, remains held at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail.
Town police arrested Cameron on the firearm charge Feb. 26. A judge in General District Court certified the charge to the grand jury on April 11.
A cellphone video recorded July 19 in the basement of a home on Steele Avenue in Front Royal shows Cameron holding a Ruger LCP .38-caliber firearm, according to a criminal complaint filed by Front Royal police detective Marc R. Ramey.
Front Royal police Capt. Crystal Cline did not respond to a request to clarify that the criminal complaint identified the date of the alleged offense as July 18 but the information provided in the document said video taken from the phone was recorded July 19.
The complaint states the video shows the brand of the firearm is a Ruger, and when Cameron is shown turning the gun to the right, it clearly displayed the caliber of the firearm. Cameron turns the gun and shows down the barrel, the rifling and the firing pin chamber, according to Ramey.
“All these aspects show that the gun is real,” the complaint states.
The same flooring and red rug appear in the basement of the Steele Avenue residence in this video as in other recordings on Cameron’s phone, Ramey notes.
“I was able to match the flooring and rugs being the same ones in the crime scene photos taken by Detective King on Sept. 9,” Ramey states in the complaint.
Investigators downloaded the contents of Cameron’s phone and a forensic examination of the data revealed the date and times of the videos, Ramey states.
Cameron has a previous felony conviction of shooting a firearm from a vehicle, according to the complaint.
In a separate matter, Front Royal police identified Cameron in court documents as a witness to an accidental shooting that occurred Sept. 9 at 101 Steele Ave., less than two months after authorities allege he showed a firearm in the video recorded on a cellphone.
A grand jury handed up indictments Feb. 20 charging Steven Wendell Timbers Jr. with shooting in an occupied dwelling and reckless handling of a firearm. Court documents state Timbers accidentally fired a .45-caliber handgun in the basement of the Steele Avenue residence and the bullet struck a 16-year-old boy in the foot. Timbers told investigators the magazine was empty but he did not realize a cartridge was still in the chamber. Timbers said he was playing with the gun when he pulled the trigger and the gun fired, according to a criminal complaint filed with his case.
Timbers and another witness fled the scene before responders arrived and took the juvenile victim to Winchester Medical Center for treatment.
“The other witness, Marquise Cameron, was also interviewed and provided the same version of events,” the complaint with Timbers’ case states.
Fauquier County authorities arrested Timbers, of Warrenton, on Sept. 25.
Front Royal police Capt. Crystal Cline confirmed in an email Thursday that Cameron was a witness in the Sept. 9 shooting incident. Cline noted in another Thursday email that the July 18 charge is related to another case under investigation.