Evanston police this afternoon made the second stop of a person with a gun in as many days.

The incident reportedly began with a tip that someone with a gun was in a car in the area of Church Street and Dodge Avenue.

Police followed the car — a white 2012 Chevrolet — as it drove east to Ridge Avenue and then south on Ridge. Officers finally stopped the vehicle about 4:30 p.m. at Ridge and Austin Street, near St. Francis Hospital.

They reportedly have recovered a gun from a male passenger in the car, and also took the car’s female driver into custody.

Update 3:00 p.m. 6/25/14: Police now have identified the man arrested as Denzel Olagbegi, 20, of 1415 W. Pratt Ave. in Chicago.

Olagbegi, who police say was was on parole for robbery and aggravated robbery, now faces felony charges of being an armed habitual criminal, possession of a defaced firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

He’s scheduled to appear in Skokie district court at 9 a.m. on July 8.

Police say he’s the fourth person arrested for gun law violations in Evanston in the past 10 days.

The driver of the car, Shameka L. Wherry, 19, of 10616 S. Langley in Chicago, was charged with possession of cannabis. She’s due in court at 9 a.m. on July 31.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Excellent Work!

    Thank you EPD for the outstanding work you do. I feel that stories involving police only get commented on when there's something questionable happening, so I wanted to take a moment to commend the fine police department that our City is so fortunate to have. 

    1. I’ll second those thanks

      I also appreciate the officers who are proactively out patrolling the area as well. 

  2. Guns

    Stay in Chicago, Evanston citizens will call you out.Thank you EPD and the Evanston citizens for calling on what they see,you may have saved a life.

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