Evanston police officers recovered two loaded handguns in separate incidents. The first incident occurred at about 8 p.m. on Dec. 12, after detectives from the Neighborhood Enforcement Team monitored a Facebook Live post from a known Evanston gang member that showed him and four other known subjects driving around in a vehicle while flashing a handgun.
Detectives observed the individuals from the video in a vehicle parked in an alley in the 800 block of Clark Street. As the detectives approached the vehicle, the driver stayed inside the car, but all of the other occupants fled. Three of the occupants entered a nearby restaurant. One man, later identified as Stephen Adams, did not enter the restaurant but continued to flee eastbound on foot. One detective stayed on scene, while the second pursued Adams on foot to a parking lot in the 700 block of Clark Street, where Adams was taken into custody after he fell and dropped a loaded Glock .40 caliber handgun.
Once back-up units arrived, the subjects inside the restaurant, along with the driver, were also taken into custody without further incident. Adams was charged with one count Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapon by Felon (a Class 2 Felony) two counts of having No Valid Firearm Owner’s Identification Card and one count of having Unlawful Contact with Street Gang Member (Class A Misdemeanors).
The Illinois Department of Corrections also issued a parole violation warrant for Adams, due to his being on parole when this incident occurred. James W. Johnson, who fled into the restaurant and is currently on parole, was charged with Unlawful Contact with Street Gang Members because of his parole status. The three other adult males were released without charges.