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Traffic stop leads to gun arrest

Evanston police say a routine traffic stop at James Park Tuesday evening led to the discovery of a man carrying a loaded handgun.

Commander James Pickett says that just before 9 p.m. officers noticed a known unlicensed driver driving eastbound toward Dodge Avenue from inside the park.

After conducting a traffic stop in the parking lot of the Levy Center, the officers say they became concerned about the nervous behavior of a front seat passenger in the car. They asked the passenger to step out of the car, and when they performed a safety pat down on him, they discovered he was carrying a loaded Colt .45 semi-automatic handgun and placed him into custody without incident.

The passenger, Terrel L. Ford, 18, of the 2000 block of Birchwood in Chicago, has been charged with felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a firearm without a firearm owner’s identification card and a city ordinance violation of handgun possession. He’s scheduled to appear in Skokie district court Aug. 23.

The driver of the vehicle, Lionel Soberanis, 26,  of the 800 block of Mulford in Evanston, was arrested for traffic violations.

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