Michigan Man Admits Kidnapping Sports Store Manager, Stealing 123 Handguns

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Written By Lori Walker

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A man from Michigan admitted in court that he kidnapped a manager from a sports store at gunpoint and stole over 100 handguns. Darnell Bishop, 33, from Benton Harbor, also confessed to using a firearm during the crime.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan, Bishop and his brother Dontrell Nance were involved in the theft of 123 handguns from a Dunham’s Sports store in Benton Harbor. The stolen guns were valued at more than $100,000.

In his plea agreement, Bishop admitted that on November 16, 2023, he and Nance abducted the store manager outside his home. They handcuffed and blindfolded him, took him to another location, and forced him to give them the alarm code for the store. Bishop then went to the store and stole the handguns, carrying them away in two large coolers.

Police arrested Bishop and Nance the next day after finding the stolen firearms during searches of their homes and vehicles. One of the suspects was identified when he tried to transfer money from the manager’s bank account using a cash app.

Both Bishop and Nance have pleaded guilty to charges related to the kidnapping and theft. Nance is scheduled to be sentenced on July 22, while Bishop’s sentencing date has not been specified by federal authorities.

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