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Evanston police say officers assigned to patrol the area around Dodge Avenue and Foster Street because of recent disturbances thought another one might be brewing late Friday night.

Cmdr. Ryan Glew says the officers saw a large group of people gathering and tried to make contact with two members of the group, Nicolas Moreno and Malik Johnson

Glew says the officers believed Moreno might be armed

Moreno fled from the officers onto a nearby porch, Glew says, and tried to hand his gun to another person on the porch.  

Glew says a physical struggle ensued as the officers attempted to arrest Moreno and secure the handgun.

Jackson, Glew says, then jumped on one of the officers in an attempt to obstruct the arrest.

When more officers arrived, Glew says, they were able to take custody of Moreno and Jackson and recover the gun, a Springfield Armory 45 caliber handgun.

Moreno, 20, of 2001 Dodge Ave., did not have a firearm owner’s identification cared or a concealed carry license, Glew says. 

He’s been charged with felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest. He’s being held on $120,000 bond and is due in court this afternoon at 26th and California in Chicago.

Jackson, 18, of 2007 Dodge Ave., faces misdemeanor charges of battery to a police officer and resisting arrest. He’s due in court in Skokie on July 23.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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