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On April 14, detectives from the Evanston Police Department Special Operations Group traveled to Nashville, Tennessee in order to transport a 21-year old Nashville man back to Evanston to be charged with Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon, said Commander Joe Dugan of the Evanston Police Department. The man was arrested by the Nashville Police Department due to having an active warrant for his arrest from a traffic stop in Evanston during which a handgun was recovered, said the Commander.
The traffic stop occurred on Feb. 4, at approximately 11:49 p.m. after patrol officers observed a vehicle make a left turn at Howard Street and Damen Avenue without using its turn signal. During the stop, officers observed the man, who was seated in the back seat behind the driver, bend forward and place his hands under the seat cushion he was sitting on, said the Commander. A search under the cushion revealed a loaded Smith and Wesson 9mm handgun. When the handgun was recovered, the man fled on foot and was not apprehended. On March 11, 2016 a warrant was issued for his arrest in connection with the handgun incident.