Monday, May 20, 2019

Man who fought cops after gun was found in car gets probation (So does famous North Side package thief)

Video grab of  Keon "Lil Keon" Lewis struggling with officers after he learned that they found a gun in his car. | Provided; CPD
Two men whose crimes were captured on video have been sentenced to probation after reaching plea agreements with prosecutors.

• A South Side man whose struggle to avoid being arrested for possessing a firearm sent one Chicago cop flying to the ground on an icy street with an unsecured handgun has been sentenced to two years of TASC probation.

Keon “Lil Keon” Lewis, 22, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon in the case. Three additional weapons charges and two charges of manufacture-delivery of narcotics were dropped in the deal that was approved by Judge Earl Hoffenberg.

A routine 911 call about a man sleeping behind the wheel of a running car escalated on the morning of Nov. 30th as two police officers struggled to control Lewis on a Rogers Park side street. Video of the incident was recorded by a passer-by.

Police said officers were dispatched to handle the call of a man slumped over the wheel of a car in the 1500 block of West Juneway Terrace around 6:50 a.m. While the man was still apparently unconscious, officers saw a handgun on the driver’s side floorboard between the man’s legs, according to a police spokesperson.

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The video shows that when an officer began walking the man to a squad car, he learned that the police had found a handgun in the vehicle and he suddenly tried to run away. A struggle ensued and one officer took a hard fall on the ice—though she managed to keep a firm, helpful grasp on the suspect’s underwear. Narcotics were later found in the vehicle, too, according to the CPD spokesperson.

Lewis can be heard pleading with officers to let him go because he is a new father. Watch closely. You’ll see the recovered handgun is in the female officer's right hand during the struggle. She was not seriously injured.

Lewis’ own father, Keon Lewis Sr., was shot to death as he rode in a car on Lake Shore Drive near Montrose in May 2016. He was 35.

Something that you won’t see on the video is this: The two officers, working in an understaffed district, had to wait more than ten minutes for a transport wagon to show up at the scene.

Jeremy Zaloun (inset) with surveillance images of him at work. | CPD; Uptown Update; Provided
• One of the North Side’s high-profile package thieves has received two years probation in exchange for pleading guilty to three counts of burglary.

Jeremy Zaloun, 44, caught a glimpse of fame after package theft victims from Lakeview to Uptown began posting photos of the guy who stole their parcels online last summer.

Police soon caught up with Zaloun and prosecutors charged him with multiple counts of burglary.

Judge Timothy Joyce approved the plea deal.