The officer asked the driver, identified as Jeffrey Risby, for his license and insurance. The driver allegedly provided a state ID and a valid insurance card. A check of the system by the officer, allegedly revealed that Risby’s license had been previously suspended. Risby was asked to exit the car and was placed under arrest.
The police offered to have an officer park the vehicle but Risby then made a mistake he probably now regrets.
He insisted on having the vehicle towed rather than having an officer park the vehicle on a side street near 87th Street. Risby allegedly told the officers that he is the only person that drivers the car.
Apparently unaware that police officers conduct inventory searches of vehicles when they are towed, Risby wanted a tow truck called. An inventory search of the vehicle allegedly found a loaded 357 Magnum Colt Revolver under the front driver side floor mat of the vehicle. The gun was loaded with six rounds. To make matters worse, the police allege that the gun was reported as “stolen”.
After being read his rights, Risby allegedly made statements to the police, including stating that he did not want his transmission to lock up. He also claimed that his sister and cousin had driven the vehicle including three days before the arrest. He allegedly told the police that he had found the gun in an alley about two weeks or a month ago. He also said that he lives in a bad neighborhood.
The Cook County State’s Attorney approved a felony charge of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. Risby is a thirty three year old black man who provided an address in the 7900 block of Throop Street, in Chicago.