Friday, October 10, 2014

COURT REPORT: Man Says He Fired Gun While On "Rat Patrol" In Wrigleyville; Plus, Other Recent Arrestees

A Wrigleyville man told police that he was on "rat patrol" when witnesses allegedly saw him fire a gun outside of his home in the 3700 block of Clifton.

Gary D. Ferguson, 50, is charged with reckless conduct, possessing a firearm without a Firearms Owner Identification (FOID), and possessing ammunition without a valid FOID in connection with the September 28th incident.

Police say Ferguson and his wife initially claimed that Ferguson had merely set off fireworks. That story lost some credibility when an officer “observed an empty .25 caliber shell casing on the pavement just outside" Ferguson's house. At that point, court records say, Ferguson offered the "rat patrol" scenario.

According to court records, police took possession of the gun, which Ferguson allegedly said he “found."  He is free on a $1,500 I-bond.

Catalytic Converter Case

Soto (Cook Co. Sheriff's Office)
Joshua Morris and Miguel Soto, both 26, have been charged with theft and possessing a stolen vehicle after allegedly being seen cutting the catalytic converter off of a vehicle near Clark and Roscoe last Friday morning.

Police say Morris sawed the catalytic converter off of an allegedly stolen Honda CRV and handed it to Soto, who was driving their get-away vehicle.

Morris previously received two years probation for possessing a stolen vehicle in 2009. He is free on bail while Soto remains held with bond set at $25,000.

Trend Detected

Charges have been filed in the alleged beating of Keith Williams, a 21-year-old man who had a very bad week last week.

Dionte Shack, 20, and Keonte Stevens and Randy White, both 18, are charged with simple battery.

The three men, all from Chicago's South Side, were arrested in the 800 block of Cornelia last Thursday after Williams reported being beaten up by four guys dressed as women at Halsted and Addison.

A couple of those names may sound familiar. Stevens and White were both arrested in connection with a battery at a Night Ministry outreach mission in Boystown this August. Charges were dropped when the victim failed to show up in court.

That Didn't Take Long

Mercado (Cook Co. Sheriff's Office)
Malaki Mercado, 21, charged with battery in connection with the alleged groping and forcible kissing of a woman as she walked to work last month, is back in custody.

An arrest warrant was issued for Mercado after he failed to show up for a court date in that case.

Police crossed paths with Mercado, a resident of The Night Ministry's "Crib" youth shelter, Wednesday evening after he allegedly tried to shoplift liquor from the Jewel-Osco store at Broadway and Addison. Bail is set at $10,000.
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