Regular Traffic Stop Ends Up Being Much More For Billings Man Eugene A. Linwood Jr., A Former Bank Robber

April 11, 2017



 By: Donald Cyphers Investigative reporter

Syndicated by: Montana news

The alleged suspect being arrested is Eugene A. Linwood, who was stopped for a simple traffic violation.


At some point during the traffic stop, Eugene Linwood  gave verbal consent to search his pickup.


Billings Police Officers  searched the pickup and it resulted in drugs, drug paraphernalia, & a handgun being located.


Eugene Allen Linwood was arrested & incarcerated without incident, into YCDF on charges of Criminal Possession Drug Paraphernalia, Criminal Possession Dangerous Drugs, & Possession of Firearm by Convicted Person.




Total Bond for Misdemeanor is $620.00  but because he can not bond out on the felony charges he will remain in jail until the court date.

Billings man Eugene Allen Linwood Jr. was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of Dangerous Drugs and Criminal Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.   According to the Billings Police Department, Officer Wallis observed a suspicious vehicle traveling in the downtown are.  The vehicle was a 2005 Chevy Silverado.


The window tint that was on the vehicle was so dark that the Officer Wallis could not see the driver.  Officer Wallis then initiated a traffic stop on 6th Ave north and North 28th street.

As  Wallis approached the vehicle Linwood Jr. was moving around in a furtive manner near the center console of the bench seat.

Eugene Linwood Jr. was unhappy that the officer pulled him over for having tint on his window.   Officer Wallis was just going to give Linwood Jr. a warning for having tint that was 7% and that tint that is under 24% is illegal to have on a civilian vehicle unless a person has a medical waiver due signed by a optometrist.

A NCIC was run on Eugene Allen Linwood Jr. Billings police learned that Eugene Linwood Jr. has a criminal history which includes Bank Robbery and drug charges.  Eugene Linwood Jr. is a registered Felon.

By this time other Officers arrived on the scene to assist Officer Wallis.   Wallis opened up the driver door and noticed a black nylon bag that was open which revealed plastic bags that contained a white substance. This later was found to be Meth.


Officer Gilmore in his search of the vehicle discovered a Larcin .380 Caliber firearm in a Swiss army bag on the passenger seat.     Officer Gilmore and Officer Wallis found another black bag that contained a lockbox containing 4 cell phones and a colorful glass pipe that smelled of Marijuana.


Officers on the scene were trying to figure out if Eugene’s possession of a firearm by a convicted felon who was convicted in Illinois for Bank robbery involved the use of a firearm and whether section46-8-221 and 45-8-313 MCA would apply to that conviction, but according to the Court, other charges may be applied over Eugene’s possession of this weapon.


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