Evanston police say at 22-year-old Chicago man has been charged as an armed habitual offender after he was spotted carrying a gun in the 300 block of Howard Street Wednesday night.

Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says officers on patrol in the 300 block of Howard saw a man riding eastbound on Howard who kept adjusting an object in his waistband.

When the officers tried to speak with him near Howard and Marshfield, Dugan says, the man,  Valgas Etheard, fled northbound on the bike, then fell off the bike and ran westbound on foot.

Dugan says that the officers chasing the man saw him duck down near a bush, make a throwing motion and immediately get up and change his direction running southbound directly at one of the officers.

Fearing he was about to be battered, Dugan says, the officer deployed his Taser, which had an immediate affect and Etheard was taken into custody, and police recovered a Lorcin .25 caliber handgun from the bush area.

Etheard, of 7200 N. Claremont in Chicago, in addition to the armed habitual offender charge, faces two felony counts of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and misdemeanor charges of possessing a firearm and ammunition without a firearm owner’s ID car and obstructing a peace officer.

The Illinois Department of Corrections also issued a parole violation warrant for him.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Another 20 something male with a gun
    what will it take to end this insanity?

    Guns, guns and more guns.

    How many 20 something males are packing heat?

    1. 22 year old
      What a shame…he should be graduating college right about now….or trade school…or working a great job for his future. LOTS of misled youth who have no clue about life..but they undoubtedly are getting that from their parents, so-called “friends”..and/or lack of parenting and guidance. What do they NOT understand about living in a jail cell…having a police record, and then being unemployable???? It’s beyond normal comprehension!

  2. Gun Arrest

    A little scary when you realize that this idiot lives a block from an elementary school and a YMCA in Rogers Park. Good job, EPD; don't bother sending him back. You can keep him.

    1. criminal mind(less)
      Yep…guess he has his lifelong career established! Free room and board in the big house! He’ll find lots of buddies there, ‘;m sure!

  3. Parole and sentencing system is badly broken

    How in the world was he given parole in the first place.   The parole system needs a serious review—really a complete overhaul from the top down—the Board(s) itself must bear some/most of the blame and that includes removal, fines and even prosecution. 

    Yes there are some criminals who really do reform but it appears the justice system has no way to determine with any good odds [80-90%] who they are.

    Unless the system straighten-up, judges will have to impose stiffer and longer sentences—without the possibility of parole.  This would mean that those [few] who do reform have less chance to get out.

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