Killeen police arrested a man suspected of involvement with prostitution on a weapons charge.

Police arrested Michael “Mingo” Straughn, 25, on a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon after locating a handgun in his backpack during a traffic stop.

Police were investigating Straughn because they received information that a person known as Mingo was prostituting females at the Hallmark Inn and Suites located in the 4500 block of East Central Texas Expressway, according to an arrest affidavit.

While surveilling the hotel Tuesday, police spotted a man who matched the description of Mingo. Police followed him as he was driven around town and eventually pulled the car over after the driver failed to signal two lane changes.

A police officer could smell the odor of burnt marijuana when he approached the car, the affidavit states. The driver, identified as Eric Elliot, had outstanding warrants from the city of Killeen and was detained.

Police identified the passenger as Straughn and asked him to exit the car. As he did, an officer spotted a handgun in an open backpack Straughn had been seen wearing earlier.

Straughn told police the handgun belonged to his roommate, and that he was taking the weapon back to him.

Straughn was convicted of theft from a person in August 2010 in Hays County. He also has been convicted of possession with intent to deliver Alprazolam (Xanex) and another charge of theft from a person, the affidavit states.

Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin arraigned Straughn on Thursday, setting his bond at $75,000.

In a separate case, Potvin arraigned Justin Patscheck Ellis, 23, on a charge of fraudulent use of identifying information. Ellis’ bond was set at $20,000.

Contact Philip Jankowski at or (254) 501-7553

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