Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Lincoln Park: No Charges After Gunman Threatens Teen Near DePaul

An officer searches the intended victim before giving him a ride to the Fullerton Red Line station. | HeyJackass!
A 15-year-old boy who was being chased by armed men sought shelter in a Lincoln Park restaurant restroom Sunday night, but he was not injured. Cops later detained two men who matched the offender descriptions, and a gun was recovered from the suspects’ vehicle, but no charges have been filed.

Around 7 p.m., multiple witnesses reported seeing armed men cruising the area of Halsted and Fullerton in a silver van. The men were said to be chasing a teenager who eventually took shelter in the men’s room of a Mexican restaurant in the 2400 block of North Lincoln, according to police.

Officers located the 15-year-old and gave him a ride to the Fullerton Red Line station so he could go home.

Around 8:20 p.m., witnesses to the original incident called the police again after the silver van returned to the area. Police found the van in the 2400 block of North Lincoln with two 18-year-old men standing outside of its sliding passenger door, authorities said.

One of the men was identified by a witness as the man who lifted his shirt to display the handle of a handgun during an argument earlier in the evening. Cops recovered a gun from inside the van's sliding door, and the men were taken into custody for questioning.

Tonight, a police spokesman reported that both men have been released without being charged.

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