Thursday, January 02, 2014

UNEXPECTED: Counterfeit Bill Call Leads Cops To Handgun In Bar; Shotgun, Assault Rifle Also Found

Actual assault rifle reportedly varies.
UPDATE: Further details and the arrested man's identity are available in THIS follow-up report.

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The baby New Year came packin'.

A normally sleepy corner tavern in nearby Lakeview got far more than it expected when a man tried to pass counterfeit money on New Year's Day.

Will's Northwoods Inn, home of a certain CWB editor's favorite half-pound cheeseburger, was "packed" with customers according to an officer who arrived to handle the bogus bill incident yesterday afternoon.

Then, things got really interesting.

The phony bill passer, who was in the company of three other men, possessed two more things of interest: pot and a handgun. Inside the bar.

A reliable email correspondence to CWB this evening reports that the handgun's serial number had been defaced.

A large police response was launched and the little Inn at 3030 N. Racine filled with a sea of blue shirts.

The increasingly serious situation climaxed during a search of the four men's vehicle, where officers found a shotgun and an assault rifle, according to a witness' email to CWB.

CWB has not been able to verify the particulars of the weapons found, however, we can confirm that the initial call quickly evolved into a firearms recovery and a large police response. Our emailer was able to provide the Chicago Police Department case number for the incident: HX100691.

UPDATE 1/2/2014 7:43PM: DNAInfo.com picks up the story. DNAInfo reports that 19th district police Commander Elias Voulgaris confirmed the handgun, shotgun, and "a rifle" were recovered along with marijuana and cocaine. The arrestee is a convicted felon and will face felony charges for Wednesday's events, according to DNAInfo.com.

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12 comments:

  1. A half pound cheeseburger? A heart attack on a bun.

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    1. A delicious, delicious, delicious, delicious heart attack.

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  2. Good thing this was not a "RAP" status time while Rahmy The Magnificent was sleeping soundly.

    P.S., if you're going to do half-pounders, stick to Bison meat, if you don't get mugged getting it at Whole Paycheck or Treasure Island.

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  3. Nice work all around! As a bartender I'm curious how it all went down...nervous few minutes waiting for response (& not knowing if it will be timely)...and really not knowing how much danger they were in. I hope
    CPD got some good leads off these thugs.
    Eagarly awaiting a follow up with mug shot/rap sheets.

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    1. Good thing the district was not in a RAP. The call taker at 911 would have told the bartender to bring the counterfeit bill into the station and ask the 4 guys to accompany him . . . sure.

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  4. Atta boys all of you in 19!!!

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  5. Well done 019. Awesome response and bust. Nice reporting CWB.

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    1. Perhaps we should all let OUT Traveler know the TRUTH about this area!!

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    2. Bought and paid for by the North Halsted Merchants Association. Too bad they can't get us Police Officers.

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  7. Did the felon have his FOID card and CCW permit with him?

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    1. No doubt...along with driver's license, vehicle registration, and insurance.

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