Evanston Police Tactical Unit Officers assigned to a designated deployment area patrol on July 11 observed a known subject creating a traffic issue while operating a bicycle in the roadway and interfering with vehicles in the 2000 block of Emerson Street at approximately 2:30 p.m., said Commander Jay Parrott of the Evanston Police Department. When police attempted to conduct an investigative stop of the subject, he fled on foot. Officers pursued him and saw him reach into his waistband and discard a firearm, said the Commander.
Police subsequently recovered a loaded .22 caliber handgun in the 1800 block Hovland Ct. and were able to place the subject into custody in the 1800 block of Brown Avenue, said the Commander. The subject is a 16-year old male Evanston resident. Police are not releasing further information due to his age.
The 16-year old was charged with Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapons, a class 4 felony and several other misdemeanor weapons offenses for possessing the loaded firearm, said the Commander.
He added that the arrest is a direct result of the Evanston Police Department’s strategy of an enhanced police presence and use of investigative stops, also sometimes referred to as “Stop & Frisk,” to reduce crimes of violence and persons illegally possessing firearms that pose a threat to the community.