Raffe Mirzakhanyan photograph

A Houston man faces two felony charges after allegedly stealing a vehicle that had a gun in it from a gas station in Houston on Oct. 23.

Raffe Mirzakhanyan, 30, of Houston, is charged with stealing a motor vehicle and a firearm (both class D felonies).

A Houston Police Department officer was dispatched to the Murphy USA gas station on U.S. 63 regarding a report of a stolen vehicle.

The officer made contact with a woman there who said her red 1996 GMC Jimmy had been stolen in front of the business. The officer viewed surveillance video that showed a man later identified as Mirzakhanyan get in on the driver’s side and drive away.

The woman told the officer she had a .380 caliber pistol in the vehicle and observed it going northbound on the highway.

Texas County 911 advised other area agencies and the vehicle was located in Wright County by a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper.

When the officer tried to conduct a traffic stop, the vehicle failed to yield until it crashed in a field.

Mirzakhanyan was taken to the Texas County Jail and has a bond set at $200,000.

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