A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a St. Paul man wanted on felony firearms and hunting charges after he failed to appear in Winona County Court Monday.

Tou Yang, 44, who was convicted on charges of third-degree criminal sexual conduct in 1999, was scheduled to appear in court Monday on charges of illegal firearm possession, transporting illegal big game and borrowing a tag from another after he allegedly illegally shot a deer in Winona County.

According to the complaint, while investigating allegations of illegal hunting and other criminal activities in November of 2017, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officers spoke with a man who said Yang had shot a deer and had used his son’s tag.

Yang reportedly admitted to shooting the deer with a 12-gauge Beretta shotgun and transporting it using a GMC truck.

During the investigation, officers also executed a search warrant on two of Yang’s phones and seized the truck used to transport the deer.

On the phones, officers recovered photos depicting Yang holding a shotgun in a deer stand, and deer hair was discovered in the truck bed.

If convicted on all counts, Yang — who remains at large — faces up to six years in prison and a $4,000 fine.

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Tobias Mann covers crime and government in Winona County. He can be reached at 507-453-3522 or at tobias.mann@winonadailynews.com


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