Reporter | Federal Courts and Law Enforcement

Stephen Montemayor covers federal courts and law enforcement. He previously covered Minnesota politics and government.

A native of Kansas City, Montemayor lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two cats. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in journalism and enjoys camping, travel and a good beer.


Federal charges: Shooting suspect caught in Brooklyn Park with similar switch-enabled gun he had in 2023 drug arrest

According to charges, Raquan Rahjai Johnson allegedly also possessed a Glock with a gold switch when he was arrested for selling drugs as a juvenile in January 2023.


New federal charges halt 're-emergence' of south Mpls. street gang

"Some of the worst of the worst" are indicted on gun, drug charges.


St. Louis Park man sentenced to 10 years for joining, fighting for ISIS overseas

Abdelhamid Al-Madioum has since said he "joined a death cult" and has helped the FBI investigate terror cases around the country.


Biden nominates assistant U.S. attorney to be next Minnesota federal judge

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar called Provinzino "the right person for this moment."


Race-based scholarships at Minnesota State University Moorhead subject of new civil rights complaint

A Rhode Island-based conservative nonprofit made the Minnesota university the latest among a growing list of challenges to race-based education policies since a landmark 2023 Supreme Court ruling.


FBI's 'Pig Dig' helps teach Minnesota law enforcement how to find bodies, preserve evidence

Dubbed the "Pig Dig," this FBI class walks local Minnesota agencies through how to meticulously dig up bodies and evidence at outdoor crime scenes.


Bloomington man given 40 years in child porn case involving at least 22 children

Feds extradited Ibrahim Ghassan Sleyman from the United Arab Emirates last year to face prosecution in a case in which prosecutors say new victims are still being identified.


With guilty plea, feds secure 64th and final conviction in magazine fraud case

The U.S. Justice Department said the scam lasted for at least 20 years and victimized more than 100,000 people in all 50 states.


'Straw' gun buyers often are women in abusive relationships

A Star Tribune review of more than two dozen "straw" gun cases charged since 2014 found that a majority involve women connected to an intimate partner, close friend or relative who leaned on them to get their guns. And many of their cases reveal backdrops of trauma or domestic violence.


Feds accuse two business consultants to Hennepin County of stealing $1 million in pandemic aid

Tezzaree El-Amin Champion and Marcus Alexander Hamilton are accused of submitting more than 100 fraudulent invoices and grant and loan applications through their Futuristic Management Group LLC small business consultancy firm.