It was bad enough that the driver and passenger of a car driving northbound on Dodge Avenue at Madison Street Sunday afternoon were not wearing safety belts, but when they were stopped by Evanston police, it turned out the driver had a stolen handgun and no drivers license or proof of insurance.

Consequently, the driver, Virgil M. Houston, 21, of 9463 Niles Center Road, Skokie, was arrested and charged with one count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, as well as possession of a firearm and ammunition without a firearm owner’s identification card, failure to wear a safety belt, operating a vehicle without a valid drivers license, and failure to have proof of insurance.

The .40 caliber semiautomatic handgun was reported stolen from Shelby County, Tenn. Houston admitted to possessing the weapon and is currently on probation after being previously convicted of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon last July.

A date and time of a court appearance was not immediately set.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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  1. Great work

    Great work EPD!   Another idiot caught!  Throw away the key, please, and do all residents a huge favor!

    1. No Investigation

      Lets take a step back here. It's not like they investigated anything. They pulled someoen over for a minor traffic violation and lucked into the rest.

      1. the police risk their lives
        the police risk their lives making a stop like this. you should appreciate it and not be so stingy with your gratitude

        1. arrest

          That's correct!   A great deal of "casual" traffic stops..(even for a missing tail light, turn signal, etc.) turn out to be a way bigger issue, with guns, drugs, confrontations involved….the same with domestic calls……police officers never know what is actually going to transcend. They risk their safety every single day…and should be appreciated.

      1. If only more traffic stops !
        Maybe if they stopped more people for not signalling, they would also find more serious violations.
        As it is 1/3 of the cars don’t signal a turn, even left, even on to a major street, even when pedestrians are in the walkway—let a lone the 140 feet before a turn the law requires.
        If they have so little respect for safety and lives, no telling what else they are guilty of–maybe the police would find more.

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