Multiple charges, including possession of stolen property, unlawful use of a weapon and possession of cannibas were filed recently after Oak Lawn police officers stopped a car full of individuals from Hazel Crest, Richton Park and unknown areas.
An Oak Lawn police officer noticed a blue Durango traveling east bound on 95th Street in the left lane, allegedly weaving between the left and center lanes. As the officer followed the Durango, the driver switched to the right lane and then turned right onto Keeler Avenue. After entering Keeler, the driver allegedly drove over a curb and into the parking lot of a bank continuing through the parking lot. The officer then stopped the car in the parking lot.
The driver, later identified as Marquis Dean allegedly told police that he didn’t have his driver’s license with him when he was asked for identification. The officer observed three others in the car at that time. The officer reported smelling a strong odor of “unburned cannibas” from inside the vehicle but Marquis allegedly told the officers that there wasn’t any cannabis in the car. When the officer asked if there was anything illegal in the car, Dean allegedly hesitated and then pulled a clear plastic baggy from his “underwear”. The officer suspected that the green leafy substance in the bag was in fact cannibas.
Dean provided his name and date of birth to the officer, who also asked for identification cards from the other three occupants that he saw in the car. None of the three men had identification cards but they provided names and dates of birth to allow the officer to run the information through the system. Upon checking the system, which is standard procedure, the officer found that the driver, Marquis Dean’s license was allegedly expired but he was not wanted on any warrants.
One of the other occupants, Reginald Williams allegedly had a bond forfeiture warrant out of Hazel Crest for traffic violations.
Another occupant had given the name “Tony T. Brown” which didn’t turn up any warrants. Another occupant allegedly gave the name “Terry D. Lewis”, which also did not have any warrants. As the officer was speaking to the two individuals seated in the back seat, a fifth man “popped” up from the third row of the vehicle. He also provided a name and date of birth that was run through the system while Williams was placed in custody.
The man who originally provided the name “Terry D. Lewis” to officers allegedly admitted that he had provided a fake name because he has a warrant. His real name “Kwamaine Tarver” was run through the system and resulted in a warrant out of Woodford County for failing to appear on drug charges.
Amazingly, the other gentleman, who originally provided the name “Tony T. Brown” allegedly then admitted that he, too, had provided a false name and that he had a warrant outstanding. That gentleman was identified as Anthony Sheko, who actually did have an identification card to produce for that name. Sheko allegedly told police that he gave the false name because he thought he had a warrant. He didn’t have a warrant but was charged with obstructing identification for giving the false name.
With all of the individuals out of the vehicle, officers located a black Smith and Wesson handgun under the rubber mat on the floor of the rear seat. The firearm had bullets in the magazine and a bullet in the chamber, ready to fire. A check of the serial number found that the gun was stolen out of Starkville, Mississippi.
The occupants were all placed in handcuffs. The five occupants were transported to the police station for further investigation. During the transportation, Tarver allegedly made several “unsolicited statements” to one of the officers. Dean allegedly made a written statement to the police officers at the station.
Dean was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, possession of ammunition without a FOID card, possession of stolen property, illegal lane usage, not having his driver’s license, no insurance, and having an expired license. He was also issued a citation for possession of less than 10 grams of cannibas.
Tarver and Williams were held on the warrants.
The pop up occupant, whose name was redacted from police reports, was not charged. He was not wanted on any warrants but was out on bond for “unlawful use of a weapon”.
The underwear cannabis weighed 3.7 grams and was inventoried with the firearm. The entire incident started shortly before 8:00 p.m. and ended after 10:15 p.m.