A Chicago man is facing weapons charges after Evanston police stopped him for driving a car with illegally tinted windows.

Police spokeman Perry Polinski says tactical officers spotted Mathew B. Korni driving a dark blue Volkswagen in the 500 block of Howard Street about 6:15 p.m. Wednesday.

When the police stopped the car, Polinski says, Korni and his two passengers fled on foot. Korni was taken into custody in the 100 block of Chicago Avenue but his two passengers managed to get away.

Polinski says officers found Korni was carrying 35 baggies of suspected crack cocaine. Back at the car, the officers found a loaded H&K P30 9mm handgun which was later determined to have been stolen during a gun store burglary in Valparaiso, Indiana.

Korni, 25, of the 5800 block of North Sheridan Road in Chicago, who police say is a convicted felon and a documented gang member, has been charged with two felonies — unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and possession of cocaine with intent to deliver.

He also faces misdemeanor charges for not having a firearm owners identification card and a traffic citation for no valid drivers license.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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