Evanston police say complaints about drivers running stop signs at Dobson Street and Grey Avenue have led to the recovering of a handgun.

Cmdr. Ryan Glew says that about 5:32 p.m. Tuesday a traffic officer was parked near the intersection in response to the complaints when the officer saw a silver Hyundai fail to properly stop at the sign.

When police stopped the vehicle, they noticed an odor of cannabis coming from inside. During a search of the car, Glew says, officers found a loaded Taurus 9mm semi-automatic handgun in the car along with 11.5 grams of cannabis.

Glew says when police spotted the weapon, one of the car’s passengers, 19-year-old Devonte C. Moret of the 200 block of Richmond Avenue, tried to run from the scene, but was taken into custody after a short foot pursuit.

Devonte Moret.

Moret was take to the police station where, Glew says, he admitted to possession of the handgun.

He’s now been charged with felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and possession of cannabis.

Bond was set at $10,000 with electronic monitoring. He’s next due in court at 10:30 a.m. on April 16.

The driver of the car, an 18-year-old woman from Skokie, was issued a traffic citation for disobeying the stop sign.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Thank you EPD, again
    Another routine traffic stop, and pot and guns are found.

    Why does Devonte at 19 years old need a gun? Why is the gun loaded?

    I can handle the pot. I can’t handle a 19 year old in possession of a loaded gun.

    EPD finding guns during routine traffic stops is happening way, way too often.

    Will we wait until another person gets shot and killed and another vigil is held before
    something changes or can we, and will we DO SOMETHING NOW ?


    1. guns & kids, etc…..
      There is a never-ending loop going on: when a kid (or an adult) decides to, and does kill another person, there is a very strong possibility that they will get caught, and then their life is over as well. People today have no respect for their own life, so they certainly won’t respect someone else’s either. Maybe they realize that and don’t care about their own life getting ruined by committing crimes, or maybe nobody ever taught them that for every action there is a reaction with bad consequences. From a logical point of view, it’s pure stupidity, and a very uncivil way of handling issues amongst themselves. This all leads back to good, early parenting, love at home, and a respect for their own lives and futures. It seems to be a growing trend, unfortunately…..don’t know if it can be solved at a later age.

  2. Loaded gun and pays $100 and
    Loaded gun and pays $100 and is released with a bracelet? He admitted to having the gun. He should have a very high bond ($500k minimum) and if convicted removed from society for a LONG time!. The March for Life folks ought assemble outside the residences of Foxx and Preckwinkle and demand a “common sense” approach to ridding these thugs from society. Vote them and ALL judges seeking retention out this November.

    1. I think you mean $1,000.
      I think you mean $1,000. Besides that our county and state elected officials don’t think possessing a firearm illegally is a violent offense…until some gets illegally hurt that is. There’s an interesting point. Cook County is strongly in support of gun control but also in support of low bonds for illegal gun possession…how’s that work???

      1. Courts and guns
        While politicians have much to be blamed for, they do pass laws. Enough laws and hard enough ? Probably not.
        But the ‘rubber hits the road’ with the courts and jail/prison system. Instead of very high bail for crimes against people [and theft/robbery and other crimes also], the courts let the criminals off with a slap on the wrist. If they go to jail/prison, the sentence will be cut for ‘good behavior’ ! and the parole board and jailers will find ways to release them early—so they can go back and commit the same crimes again.
        As far as I know, the police are not the problem here–only the pawns in the system. They risk their lives to catch the criminals, only to be made to look like fools by the courts, social ‘Progressives’ and politicians that want vote for being ‘humanitarians’ who don’t believe ‘criminals’ are really bad—just products of a society that puts them down.
        So far liberal Evanstonians seem to excuse away the cases of weapons being brought to school. Will they continue when students die on campus someday in Evanston ?

        1. “But the ‘rubber hits the

          “But the ‘rubber hits the road’ with the courts and jail/prison system”

          I have to disagree with you. You’re not making the blatant connection between the jail/prison system and election officials. Cook County is a great example. The sheriff that has been fighting to DECREASE the jail’s daily population is an elected official. The state’s attorney that openly decided to raise the threshold for felony charges in Cook County is an elected official. State law says a retail theft in the amount of $300 or greater is a felony. Our elected state’s attorney decided her office will not approve felony charges if the amount is under $1,000 unless the person has 10, yes TEN, prior convictions. The chief judge who decided to offer bonds based on the person’s income leves as opposed to their criminal activity is elected by circuit court judges who are also put in place or discarded by political backing. I will say that offering fair, income-based bonds is an idea I support in a pure form that I think would be much more equitable and fair in a place that is not Cook County. The goal here is decreasing jaill population and subsequently decreasing overhead and operations costs and staffing needs. The funding for all of these county offices is voted on by the board…i.e. elected officials. The funding for the Illinois Department of Corrections, parole agencies,probation agencies etc. is all decided on by elected officials. To think politicians are not striking the overhwhelming blow to our present safety concerns is overly gracious and inaccurate.

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