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Police officers took two more handguns off the street in separate incidents.
The first incident occurred on Aug. 25, at approximately 10:55 p.m. after detectives from the Tactical Unit observed a sport utility vehicle in the 600 block of Howard Street with the rear registration light out and also observed one of the passengers not wearing a seat belt, said Commander Joe Dugan of the Evanston Police Department. They stopped the vehicle in the 7400 block of Seeley Avenue, Chicago. Upon stopping the vehicle, they observed the rear seat passenger throw a handgun into the open rear trunk area of the vehicle, said the Commander. The rear seat passenger, a 16 year old male from Chicago, then attempted to flee on foot but was apprehended by the detectives.
The gun, a loaded Glock .40 caliber was recovered by the detectives, said the Commander. The male juvenile was charged with one count of Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapon and transported to the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center in Chicago. The driver, a 34-year old male from Evanston, was given a traffic citation for the registration light violation.
A little more than an hour later, on Aug. 26, at approximately 12:10 a.m., police officers on patrol observed a group of people in the alley in the 1800 block of Ashland Avenue. As the police officers drove by, they saw one person, with the handle of a handgun protruding from the pocket of his hooded sweatshirt. The subject, an 18-year old male from Des Plaines, fled on foot, but officers located him, hiding in bushes; and the officers were also able to recover a loaded Ruger .380 caliber handgun, said the Commander. The subject was charged with Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon and related offenses.