Monday, March 05, 2018

Monday Gunday: Another Look How Chicago's Courts Are Handling Weapons Cases

It’s Monday Gunday! Time for another look at the seriousness with which Cook County judges are handling persons who are accused of weapons offenses in the city:

• Keyshawn Roberts, 34, is a convicted felon living in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. Cops say they went to his house on February 26 to take him in for questioning about a double-homicide. During a protective pat-down, police found a loaded handgun in his waistband, according to prosecutors. He’s charged with felony unlawful use of a weapon by a felon or parolee. Judge David Navarro ordered him held on a $10,000 deposit bond. Roberts went free by posting a 10% down-payment of $1,000. He has not been charged in the double-homicide.

• Police say 21-year-old Aaron Rodriguez is a self-admitted member of the Latin Kings street gang. On February 18, officers pulled him over for speeding in Humboldt Park. As cops approached the car, one officer saw Rodriguez concealing something inside the vehicle, according to their report. A search for drugs after Rodriguez allegedly admitted to “having a little bit of cannabis” turned up 29 grams of pot and a loaded 45-caliber handgun in the car’s center console, according to police.

Investigators determined that the gun had been reported stolen from a home in Sauganash in 2014.

Rodriguez is charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a firearm without a Firearms Owner ID (FOID) card, possession of ammunition without a valid FOID, and possession of cannabis.

Navarro ordered him held on a $5,000 deposit bond. Rodriguez was released after posting a $500 security bond.

• Three-time convicted felon Sean Gayle, 35, was pulled over in the 7600 block of North Sheridan last Monday due to an inoperable taillight, police said. Officers reported smelling the odor of marijuana coming from Gayle’s car and seeing Gayle shake nervously as he reached for paperwork.

“Listen,” Gayle allegedly blurted out, “I got to protect myself.”

Cops ordered him from his car and found a loaded handgun on his hip, according to the officers’ report. Asked why he had a gun, cops say Gayle said “I got robbed recently.” Gayle also allegedly told officers that he been carrying the gun for two months after buying it on the street in Edgewater for about $300.

Gayle is charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and felony possession of 115 grams of cannabis. Navarro set bail at $10,000. Gayle went free after posting 10% of that.

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