A 19-year-old Chicago man has been charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon after, Evanston police say, he fled from a traffic stop while trying to hide a gun in his waistband.

Police Cmdr. Ryan Glew says that at 3 a.m. Tuesday officers parked at 815 Howard St. saw a grey Honda SUV squealing its tires at Ridge Avenue and Howard .

He says the officers managed to stop the car a few blocks away in the 2000 block of Fargo Avenue in Chicago.

The occupants fled from the car as it stopped and, Glew says, officers noticed that the man who got out the rear passenger door held his waistband as he ran off on foot, indicating he was possibly armed.

Glew says officers were able to stop and detain the man, Ruben Roman, in the 7400 block of Hoyne, and when they patted him down they recovered a 9 mm Jennings Firearms Bryco Model 59 pistol with nine rounds of ammunition.

Ruben Roman (EPD)

Roman, of the 5900 block of North Paulina in Chicago, did not have a concealed carry license or a FOID Card. He’s now been charged with felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and several misdemeanors for gun violations and resisting an officer.

The car, which was unoccupied when police returned to it, was towed.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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