Cops: Guns found behind car's tinted glass

Malik Jackson and Emily Correa (EPD photos)

Evanston police say what started out as a traffic stop for a car's illegally tinted windows led to the recovery of two guns and weapons-related charges against three people.

Police Cmdr. Ryan Glew says a traffic officer at Dempster Street and Dodge Avenue at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday saw a gray Nissan with dark tinted windows traveling southbound on Dodge.

After he stopped the car he noticed an odor of cannabis coming from the vehicle and called for backup.

Officers ordered the six people in the car to step out. and when police searched the car they found a loaded Taurus 380 hundgun in a purse that also contained 2.4 grams of Xanax, a loaded Taurus 9mm under the passenger seat, a small amount of cannabis plus bags and scales consistent with narcotics sales. They also found ammunition in the glove box.

The weapons police say they found in the car.

Glew says Emily Correa, 18, of the 6100 block of North Claremont Avenue in Chicago, admitted to possessing purse with the handgun and Xanax, and Malik Jackson, 19, of the 2000 block of Dodge Avenue in Evanston admitted to possessing the other gun.

Correa was charged with three felonies -- aggravated unlawful use of a weapon with no firearm owner's ID card, possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number and possession of a controlled substance..

Jackson was charged with two felonies -- aggravated unlawful use of a weapon with no firearm owner's ID card and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon without a concealed carry license.

Both were released on $20,000 I-Bonds with electronic monitoring.

The car's driver, Carlos Gonzalez, 19, of the 4100 block of North Ozark Avenue in Norridge, was charged with misdeanor possession of ammunition without a firearm owner's ID card and cited for the illegal window tint. He posted a $1,500 D-Bond.

All three are scheduled to appear in Skokie district court at 10:30 a.m. on May 2.