Thursday, February 23, 2017

Man Had Loaded Gun On Navy Pier Ferris Wheel, Cops Say

A romantic ride on a Chicago landmark seemed like a grand way to spend Valentine's evening in our beautiful city.

But those plans quickly turned "un-romantic" after cops found a 24-year-old man packing a loaded .45-caliber handgun on Navy Pier’s famous Ferris Wheel, according to court records.

Police went to the pier around 7 p.m. on February 14 after security reported that someone was smoking pot on the 196-foot-tall ride.

Security directed arriving officers to the car that Xavier Crump was riding in, according to police records.

Cops said they found 3 grams of pot and a glass pipe in Crump’s possession before he volunteered that he also had a gun in his front left pocket.

Police said they recovered a .45-caliber Rock Island Armory handgun that was loaded with eight live rounds.

Crump, of downstate Morris, is charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon without a concealed carry license. He has no previous criminal record in Cook County, police said.
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