Evanston police arrested a 16-year-old carrying a loaded .22 caliber handgun Wednesday in the 1800 block of Brown Avenue.
Police noticed the youth was on a bicycle and was interfering with traffic in the 2000 block of Emerson Street at about 2:30 p.m., according to EPD Cmdr. Jay Parrott.
When they attempted to stop him, the youth fled off the bicycle on foot. While chasing him, the officers saw him reach into his waistband and discard a firearm, Parrott said.
Police subsequently recovered the handgun in the 1800 block of Hovland Court and were able to place the subject into custody in the 1800 block of Brown Avenue.
The subject was identified as a 16-year-old male Evanston resident. No further information regarding the offender’s identification could be released due to his age.
The youth was charged with aggravated unlawful use of weapons, a Class 4 felony, and several other misdemeanor weapons offenses for possessing the loaded firearm. He was detained in custody at the Juvenile Detention Center and will be required to appear in Juvenile Court in Chicago.
Parrott noted that the arrest was a direct result of the EPD’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.
Top: Photo of the revolver recovered by police.