Evanston police say officers who stopped a group of suspected street gang members after they spotted them apparently smoking marijuana outside the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center ended up finding a gun on one of the youths.

Cmdr. Jay Parrott says the incident happened about 3:30 p.m. Friday and that members of the department’s special operations group recovered a loaded .22 caliber semi-automatic handgun with an obliterated serial number from Jamal M. Dumas, 18, who gave an address of 1601 Cottonwood Drive in Mount Prospect.

Dumas, who was on parole for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, now has been charged with several gun law violations including unlawful use of a weapon by a convicted felon, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number.

He’d previously been arrested for stealing a woman’s cell phone in September 2012 and for unlawful use of a weapon in July 2013.

This arrest, Parrott says, is the result of an enhanced police presence targeted at reducing crimes of violence in an area that’s recently seen several shootings.

Individuals illegally carrying firearms will not be tolerated, Parrott says, and will be aggressively prosecuted by the police department.

Dumas is scheduled to appear in Skokie district court at 9 a.m. on July 29.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Why still on the street ??

    No wonder we have so much crime !

    I'm glad the police got him but will the courts let him go AGAIN with a slap on the wrist ?  True you can't lock them up for life but how can he be out of prison already.  Maybe one of the north shore liberals who consider HIM the victim of society, will take him in to their home and show him their love and forgiveness.

    What about the others ?

    1. EPD says he was sentenced to

      EPD says he was sentenced to four years for last years incident

    2. Hmmm Let’s Take A Step Back
      I never comment on these things, but I felt compelled to respond to the one line in your comment that caught my eye. “Maybe one of the North Shore liberals….”. I actually know this young man, VERY WELL. I worked with him when he was younger. I can honestly say that his is sadly a great example of a child who is a product of their environment. Maybe with earlier intervention he wouldn’t be a repeat offender. As I’ve seen other kids grow and prosper; kids who actually called him a friend no less than 6-7 years ago. So I just ask that we be more mindful of the fact that some of these criminals have pasts that they didn’t have the support and guidance to escape. And I agree I hope he isn’t let go with a slap on the wrist…because that would be irresponsible.

      1. North Shore liberal comment .

        North Shore liberal comment ….give me a break, ,,,,,The shame of all this is that most kids who run into trouble have weak male role models….No father at home , go to the streets and find the male role model whose a gang banger…..Our society so divided ,needs to come together and help ….Tax dollars don't do it, time spend does..

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