Gun and drugs recovered after felon rammed vehicles in St. Louis Park

Sturdivant pleaded guilty in Hennepin County court in March to a felony count of second-degree narcotics.

Jordan Edward Sturdivant/Hennepin County Jail

A north Minneapolis man with a history of drug convictions who was out of custody after pleading guilty to another felony drug charge has been charged in a new case on felony drugs and weapons after St. Louis Park police arrived to find the man ramming his vehicle into other vehicles, charges say.

Court documents say St. Louis Park police were dispatched on April 18 at about 8 p.m. to the 2900 block of Nevada Avenue South on a report of a vehicle intentionally driving into other vehicles.

Officers arrived to find the suspect, Jordan Edward Sturdivant, 29, intentionally smashing into other vehicles. When officers approached Sturdivant, he refused to put the vehicle in park and comply. Sturdivant continued to drive back and forth into parked vehicles, causing damage to multiple vehicles. Officers had to break the driver’s side window and forcibly remove Sturdivant from the vehicle.

Police requested EMS personnel to the scene for Sturdivant, who they said appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance.

A search of Sturdivant revealed 73.62 grams of a white powder that field tested positive for cocaine, an amount police said was consistent with narcotics sales. Inside Sturdivant’s vehicle, officers located digital scales and drug paraphernalia along with a loaded Taurus 9mm handgun next to the driver’s seat.

The St. Louis Park Police Department released photos of the recovered gun and damage to vehicles from the incident.

Sturdivant has been charged with felon in possession of a firearm and first-degree narcotics with intent to sell.

Sturdivant has a prior conviction on felony third-degree narcotics possession which prohibits him from possessing firearms. Court records show that Sturdivant also has three other felony narcotics convictions as well as convictions on third-degree DUI, violating an order for protection, and three convictions for driving after suspension.

Sturdivant also pleaded guilty in Hennepin County court in March to a felony count of second-degree narcotics. In that case stemming from October 2020, Sturdivant was pulled over in a traffic stop for speeding. Charges say officers said Sturdivant seemed confused and couldn’t follow simple instructions. When Sturdivant exited the vehicle, officers observed drugs on the driver’s seat. A second bag of drugs was also found along with three cellphones and two digital scales. The drugs weighed over 69 grams and field tested positive for cocaine. Sturdivant was scheduled to be sentenced in that case on June 14 but had been out of custody to await sentencing.

Sturdivant made an initial court appearance on the new charges on April 20 and has subsequently been released from custody on $150,000 bond with no conditions. His next court appearance on the new charges is also scheduled for June 14.

– – –

Minnesota Crime Watch & Information publishes news, info and commentary about crime, public safety and livability issues in Minneapolis, the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota.