A passenger in a car was arrested for unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, possession of cannabis and resisting an Oak Lawn police officer at about 1:30 a.m. on November 8th.
An Oak Lawn officer on patrol noticed a car had an expired registration as it was traveling near 95th and Cicero Avenue. When the officer initiated a stop of the car, the driver turned into the White Castle parking lot.
The driver, Aaron Hall, told the officers that he missed the exit on the tollway while driving his passenger to South Holland. Hall said he decided to go to White Castle because he was familiar with the area.
After the car was stopped in the White Castle parking lot, Hall cooperated with the officer and was issued citations for an expired registration and failing to display a driver’s license. However, during the course of the stop, the officer smelled cannabis and was granted the right to search the car.
When the officer asked the passenger, Colby Shelton, to exit the car he did but he also exited the scene and allegedly fled the scene heading southbound. Two officers gave chase while dispatch alerted other officers. Shelton allegedly crossed Cicero Avenue ran to the end of the property at 9532 S. Cicero Avenue despite the police reporting that they commanded him to stop.
An officer followed Shelton as he entered a garbage corral. The officer reported that Shelton was holding the right side of his waistband as he fled. Shelton allegedly tried to jump over a fence but an officer grabbed him and pulled him back toward him. Shelton, despite allegedly pulling away from the officer, was taken into custody and handcuffed.
The police alleged that they recovered a small bag of cannabis inside Shelton’s front right jacket pocket. They also claim that a .380 caliber handgun was dropped by Shelton in the alley where he attempted to jump the fence. The handgun contained seven live rounds and had one round chambered.
Both Hall and Shelton denied knowledge of the handgun. Hall also denied knowing why Shelton fled.
Shelton was transported to the Oak Lawn Police station where officers allege he made a verbal statement. He said he met Hall that night and didn’t know him. Shelton claimed that he is homeless and often asks people for rides. He said he met Hall at a gas station in Tinley Park or Dolton and asked for a ride to Oak Lawn. Shelton allegedly told the police he ran because he had cannabis and didn’t want to have his parole violated.
The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office approved a felony charge of possession of a firearm by a felon. The Illinois Department of Corrections indicated it would issue a parole violation warrant. Shelton is a 25 year old black male who provided a Chicago address to the police.