Felon arrested in park on gun charge

Evanston police called to break up after-hours partying at Reba Park, ended up arresting a convicted felon on gun possession charges.

Police Cmdr. Tom Guenther says officers from the Neighborhood Enforcement Team and the Tactical Unit were dispatched to the park at 711 Reba Place at 9:35 p.m. Saturday, to check out reports of several people drinking and smoking marijuana there.

He says when officers arrived they noticed an odor of marijuana and spotted three men and a woman holding cups.

As officers approached the quartet, they began to walk away, and Guenther says the officers saw one suspect, later identified as Tremell Deonte Richardson, reach into his waistband, remove a silver object and throw it into a garbage can.

Officers detained the subjects for questioning and recovered a loaded .22 caliber revolver from the garbage can.

Richardson, 25, of 916 Reba Place, now has been charged with felony counts of unlawful possession of a firearm in a public park, unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, unlawful use of a weapon without a firearm owner's identification card and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon as well as misdemeanor counts of having open alcohol in a park and trespassing in a closed city park.

The three other suspects were charged with ordinance violations for trespassing in a closed park and alcohol consumption. 

Richardson is due in Skokie district court at 9 a.m. on Aug. 18.

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