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Two members of R.I.’s Rise of the Moors facing charges in Rhode Island

The Rhode Island attorney general announced felony charges against Quinn Cumberlander for providing false identifying information to purchase a firearm, and the group’s leader, Jamhal Talib Abdulla Bey, is charged with violating his bail on another case

Quinn Cumberlander, left, one of 11 people charged in connection with an armed standoff along a Massachusetts highway July 3, appeared during his arraignment at Malden District Court on July 6 in Medford, Mass.Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff/Associated Press

PROVIDENCE — Two local members of the self-described militia Rise of the Moors are facing charges in Rhode Island barely two weeks after an armed standoff with Massachusetts state police.

Quinn Cumberlander, 40, is charged with allegedly using false ID to try buying firearms from a gun dealer in Warwick. The group’s leader, Jamhal Talib Abdulla Bey, 29, whose original name is Jamhal Latimer, is being charged with violating the terms of his bail on a case winding its way through Providence County Superior Court.

Both men are being held in Massachusetts on multiple gun charges for their involvement in the armed standoff on Route 95 in Wakefield on July 3.

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The office of Attorney General Peter F. Neronha and Providence Police Chief Hugh T. Clements Jr. announced the charges Tuesday.

Clements told the Globe that the investigation began when Cumberlander used an address in Providence on his applications to buy firearms.

“It was a valid street, but not a valid address for him,” Clements said.

Along with contacting the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, gun dealers in Rhode Island are also required to forward gun buyers’ applications to the police in the buyer’s hometown. The local police will conduct background checks, verify the buyer’s address, and make sure there is no criminal record.

This “hometown background check” law was passed last year, after a gunman killed a woman and wounded two others, then committed suicide in Westerly in 2019. The police in Westerly knew about his troubled history, but the police in the town where he bought the firearm did not.

Providence police found that Cumberlander tried to use three different city addresses to buy a firearm from a Warwick gun dealer, according to the attorney general’s office. He was denied each time.

The investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Cumberlander charging him with three counts of providing false identifying information to purchase a firearm, the attorney general’s office said Tuesday.

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If convicted, Cumberlander faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 for each charge.

The Rise of the Moors posted a photo on Instagram the day before the standoff, showing several unidentified members of the group wearing red fezzes in a gun store with a large display of handguns. The caption read: “At the gun range with nothing but nationality cards and fezzes.” The account was recently taken down.

The attorney general also obtained an arrest warrant for Bey for violating the terms of his bail from a criminal case that began last year.

The Rhode Island State Police had arrested Bey on March 4, 2020 in Pawtucket and charged him with obstructing police, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest.

Bey, who is acting as his own lawyer, filed documents in court headed with a 1786 treaty between the Empire of Morocco and the United State.

Bey’s affidavits in his defense, calling for the dismissal of the misdemeanor charges in his case, cite various state laws and U.S. Supreme Court cases. He alleged that he is a citizen of Morocco and, as a foreign national, the police need to inform the Moroccan consulate of his arrest. Bey cites the treaty, which is actually regarding commerce, in his claims that the state courts have no jurisdiction over him.

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Bey is a former Marine from Providence. He claims in affidavits that his original name, Jamhal Latimer, isn’t his real name and that state police have “an invalid license of someone who he alleged to look like me.”

Bey was released on bail prior to his arrest by the Massachusetts State Police on July 3.

Authorities in Massachusetts have been notified of the arrest warrants issued for Cumberlander and Bey. Cumberlander will face the Rhode Island charges pending a bail determination in Massachusetts. Bey is currently held without bail in Massachusetts.

The Providence Police Department and the office of the attorney general are leading the investigation and prosecution of the case against Cumberlander.

The Rhode Island State Police and office of the attorney general are leading the investigation and prosecution of the case against Bey.


Amanda Milkovits can be reached at amanda.milkovits@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @AmandaMilkovits.