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Evanston police say they recovered a loaded Glock .40 caliber handgun in a traffic stop late Friday.

Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says says detectives from the Tactical Unit saw a sport utility vehicle in the 600 block of Howard Street about 10:55 p.m. with the rear registration light out and noticed that one of the passengers wasn’t wearing a seat belt.

When they stopped the vehicle in the 7400 block of Seeley Avenue in Chicago, Dugan says, they saw the rear seat passenger, a 16-year-old Chicago youth, throw a handgun into the open rear trunk area of the vehicle. He then tried to flee on foot but was apprehended.

Police recovered the gun, charged the youth with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and transported him to the juvenile detention center.

The driver of the car, a 34-year-old Evanston man, was given a traffic citation for the burnt out registration light. The front seat passenger, a 37-year-old Chicago man, was released without charges.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Should be more charges for drivers

    As with many stories, the driverand other passengers get only a ticket.

    They must know about the gun or at least what the passenger is like.

    Implicit [they must ask passenger] or it is implied, that a gun, drugs or open liquor brings chargesf for drivere and other passengers.

    1. The charges are fine
      You can not just charge people off of hunches. It stinks when people get off that are guilty as sin but it serves to protect innocent people from being charged and prosecuted off perception over fact. Is there a likelihood they knew something? Yes. Is it possible two adults had no idea what a juvenile had on his person? Absolutely. There is nothing to charge the driver with. He didn’t throw a gun, get implicated in possessing a gun or run. You would agree if you were the one stopped and somebody had a pill of Xanax on them. You would not want us saying no matter who that person was surely you knew
      ..and then trying to charge you accordingly. That would be unconstitutional sir.

  2. Teens should not be arrested

    Teens should not be arrested. This case needs to be reviewed by the Equity director at once.

    1. amnesty…lol

      Great sarcasm.   Seniors shouldn’t be targeted, either, or arrested….and please include those with any forms of handicap, no matter what it is…..and lets not forget those with mentsl/emotional issues, and short people as well!

    2. Teen arrested
      Why shouldn’t he be arrested!? He had possession of a loaded gun which he tossed when the police arrived; then fled from the police. Duh.

      1. You missed the sarcasm.

        Come to this website enough, and you see all sorts of people get their feelings hurt when a young person, or a person of color, (or gasp…a young person of color) is arrested for illegal activity. The ‘racism’ and or ‘inequity’ allegations often appear very quickly. 

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