Evanston man charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon

Sophie Mann , Reporter

An Evanston man was arrested Sunday night in connection with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and two other charges.

Officers responded to a call regarding a disturbance in the 200 block of Hartrey Avenue that involved two men who were in a Jeep, Evanston police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan said in a Monday news release. An officer stopped the vehicle in the 7500 block of North California Avenue in Chicago and noted the scent of marijuana coming from inside.

While conducting a search of the driver — the Evanston resident — the officer recovered a handgun and approximately two grams of marijuana, Dugan said. The passenger in the front seat — a Chicago resident — fled on foot after police asked him to exit the vehicle, but he was located and taken into custody.

Dugan said officers later discovered these men were not involved in the original disturbance call. Still, because of the contraband found during the stop, the Evanston man was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon — a felony — as well as two counts of possession of a firearm without proper identification and unlawful possession of marijuana. The Chicago resident was charged with resisting a peace officer, a misdemeanor.

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