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.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. fire arm offenders & autos
    How can fire arm offenders afford the luxury of owning a Lexus or a BMW?

    1. $$$$$$
      I’m sure that was sarcasm……robberies, selling drugs, thefts, etc., etc., etc……PLEASE keep losers like this in jail for many years. Sell off their expensive cars and use the money for kids’ preventative programs. Thanks, EPD, once again, for keeping the streets safe!

        1. The cars they are driving are
          The cars they are driving are probably high mileage pieces of junk

          1. cars
            Gee…I wonder if they have licenses and car insurance???? Throw the book at them! Keep people like that away from us normal folks!

          2. Throw the book at them?

            Have you ever been to a cook county courthouse? Catch and release. Rinse and repeat

          1. I mentioned that…..the sad

            I mentioned that…..the sad comment is about how they get booked and released throught the courts.  That is totally pathetic.   These guys have their guns loaded..which means, ready to use if necessary.  They are not using guns to just scare people.   They have zero respect for human lives..only their deranged desires.

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