Evanston police say they nabbed two gun-toting felons on the city’s west side earlier this week.

Evanston police say they nabbed two gun-toting felons on the city’s west side earlier this week.

Cmdr. Jay Parrott says officers on patrol about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 1800 block of Brown Avenue spotted a man wanted on a Pennsylvania narcotics warrant walking with another man.

When the officers tried to stop the two, both fled on foot, but were taken into custody and each was found to be carrying a loaded 9mm handgun.

The men, identified as Blair Aikens, 27, of 9301 Karlov in Skokie, and Antoine Hill, 28, of 7434 N. Ridge in Chicago, now both face two counts of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.

Hill, who was sentenced to 18 years in prison in 2006 for the 2005 murder of Robert Gresham at The Keg, was out on parole at the time of this week’s incident. He’s been charged with a parole violation as well as with resisting a police officer.

Aikens was also arrested on the Pennsylvania warrant for delivery of cocaine.

Parrott says that police believe that the recovery of firearms and the arrest of the two men may have headed off additional shooting incidents in the city.

Both men are scheduled to appear at 9 a.m. July 31 in Skokie district court.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Why was this Hill person out on parole if he was sentenced??

    Thank God!!  2 more!!  But, why was this "Hill" out on parole if he had already been sentenced??

  2. Parole?

    The guy gets 18 years for murder in 2006, and he's out 7 years later?

    Nice justice system.

  3. How can one get parole so soon after a murder conviction?

    I don't understand how a violent felon convicted of murder is let our of jail so early into their sentence.  And back on the streets with a gun.  I'm glad the Evanston PD was able to arrest him, but why does our system not take violence and gun crime seriously?  He murdered someone and was convicted and then sent right back out after seven years! 

    Our jails are overcrowded, and I do beleive far too many young men end up in the system.  That said, I want a justice system that treats violence and gun crime as serious offenses, and realizes that those that commit them are a danger to others.  

    Why do our local politicians not focus on this?  I would like to hear from them that they see this as important and worthy of their attention.  Our justice system does not take gun crime seriously and it should.

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