Sunday, November 04, 2018

Lakeview: Armed gangbanger brought a 5-month-old to chill on the lakefront at 1:30 AM, police say

Saul Favela Jr (inset) and the handgun that Chicago police say they recovered. | CPD
A 20-year-old documented gang member was found in possession of a loaded handgun along Recreation Drive in Lakeview early last Monday, police said. Also in the car were open alcohol, wafts of marijuana smoke, a 19-year-old woman, and a 5-month old baby boy, according to police.

Officers patrolling the lakefront around 1:30 a.m. saw a vehicle parked after hours in the 3800 block of North Recreation Drive. When they approached the car, the officers saw open alcohol and detected the strong smell of marijuana as Saul Favela Jr made “furtive movements” around his feet in the car’s back seat.

Police say the woman in the vehicle’s driver’s seat gave them permission to search the vehicle. When Favela stepped out, officers saw a loaded handgun with a 22-round extended magazine and a laser sight accessory lying on the floorboard where he had been sitting, according to court records.

Officers said the woman told them that Favela told her to “hold the pole,” meaning his gun, as officers approached their car. She also showed them a Snapchat video that showed Favela holding the confiscated gun in the back seat of her car, police said. They recorded the video on their body cameras, according to a police report.

Prosecutors charged Favela with felony unlawful use of a weapon on park property; felony unlawful use of a loaded weapon; felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon in a vehicle; possession of a high capacity magazine; possession of a firearm laser sight; and misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Judge Sophia Atcherson set bail at $5,000 and Favela went free by putting down a $500 deposit.

Chicago Police Department records show that Favela was charged with unlawful use of a weapon on the Northwest Side in June 2017. The outcome of that case was not immediately available.
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