A 9-1-1 caller told the dispatcher that a man was in the alley between Brandt and 49th Avenue near 95th Street. The unknown caller told the dispatcher that the man was wearing all grey and white gym shoes. Most importantly, the caller said the man had a handgun.
A detective had seen a black man matching that description just a few minutes earlier walking west bound on 96th Street from Cicero Avenue. The detective responded to the call and saw the same man near a house.
The man had his hands inside his waistband of his pants. The detective reportedly told the man to remove his hands from his waistband and identified himself as an Oak Lawn police officer. The suspect ignored the orders and proceeded to walk away.
When the detective told the man to stop and informed him that he was being detained, the man allegedly said “I don’t know you”.
The detective tried to explain to the man that there had been a 9-1-1 call alleging that a man matching his description had a handgun in the alley. During the conversation the man put his hands back in his waistband and the officer drew his gun.
Other officers arrived and subdued the individual, searched him and placed him under arrest. A gun was not found. The man was charged with obstructing a police officer.
The police traced the call back to a woman that they believed made the call but she denied calling 9-1-1.