Evanston police arrested two men on weapons charges in separate incidents over the weekend.

Officers on patrol early Saturday morning in the 2000 block of Darrow Avenue say they noticed a man place his hand near his waistband and walk away limping.

The officers believed the man, who was known to them, was likely concealing a gun. They chased after him and after he was taken into custody, the officers say he told them he was carrying a pistol, which they found concealed in his waistband.

The state’s attorney’s office has filed charges against the man, David T. Bamberg, 22, of 8132 Keating in Skokie, of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.

Late Sunday evening officers noticed a man riding a bike with no headlamp in the 400 block of Custer Avenue.

As officers approached, the man ditched the bicycle and began fleeing on foot.

While pursuing him through yards alleys and parking lots officers noticed he was holding the right side of his waistband as he ran.  They eventually found the suspect hiding behind a fence in a tot lot, took him into custody and recovered a handgun nearby.

The state’s attorney’s office has filed a felony charge of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon against Reginald T. Boclair, 19, of 6631 S. Clairmont in Chicago.

Both men are scheduled to appear in district court in Skokie on Sept. 25.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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