Monday, June 26, 2017

Prosecutors: Felon Brandished Handgun After Pride Parade

Cruz (inset) is accused of brandishing a handgun as the parade crowd dispersed Sunday evening.
Police have identified the first of several people who were arrested for serious crimes during and after Sunday’s Chicago Pride Parade.

24-year-old Phillip Cruz of Elgin brandished a firearm while asking another man for his gang affiliation as crowds left Boystown around 5:30 p.m., police said.

Cruz ran when officers tried to conduct a field interview, but he was quickly captured in the 3100 block of North Broadway, a spokesman said, adding that a weapon was recovered from the scene.

Prosecutors said Cruz claimed that he was holding the gun for a girl.

Cruz is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, aggravated assault, and resisting-obstructing arrest. His bail is set at $100,000.

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Court records show that Cruz was sentenced to prison for possessing a stolen motor vehicle in 2012.

Still pending this morning were charges against a woman who was arrested after brandishing a handgun near Oakdale and Sheffield last night and a man who robbed a woman near the Belmont Red Line station during yesterday’s parade.

CWBChicago will continue to publish updates on parade-related arrests this week.

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