Evanston police say they seized guns from two felons during separate incidents on Thursday.
Police spokesman Perry Polinski says that about 11:15 a.m. investigators assigned to the Neighborhood Enforcement Team responded to the west alley of the 2000 block of Wesley Avenue after receiving information about possible drug dealing.
Polinski says the officers spotted a white Lexus there occupied by Ronald E. Louden, who was making furtive movements.
When the investigators made contact with Louden, Polinski says, he immediately became uncooperative and combative, which led officers to use a taser to place him in custody.
The officers say they found a loaded Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm handgun with an extended magazine under a towel on the car’s front seat.
Louden, 40, of the 1500 block of Emerson Street, now faces a felony charge of unlawful use of a weapon by an armed habitual criminal as well as misdemeanor charges of battery, possession of a handc=gun and ammunition without a firearm owners identification card, possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia and of resisting an officer.
Then about 6:25 p.m., Polinski says, a detective assigned to Criminal Investigations conducted a traffic stop of a BMW in the 1800 block of Dodge Avenue that led to discovery of a loaded Smith & Wesson .40 caliber handgun with an extended magazine under the driver’s seat of that car.
Polinski says the driver, identified as Tavarious A. Wood, was handcuffed, fled on foot, but was placed back into custody a short distance away with no further incident after a brief foot chase.
Wood, 27, of the 2400 block of Emerson Street, now faces felony charges of escape, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, unlawful use of a loaded uncased weapon and possession of ammunition without a firearm owners identification card as well as a misdemeanor charge of possession of a handgun without a firearm owners identification card.